Video footage shows the gorilla and the canine sizing each other up for a few tense moments as onlookers attempted to coax the pup out of the enclosure. Eventually, the dog ran across the enclosure, passing the gorilla, who stood its ground.
Officials took the pup back to the Humane Society’s Escondido Campus while they searched for its owner. The dog has been identified as a male shepherd that has no microchip.
The organization posted an update on the pup Monday morning, assuring concerned citizens of the dog’s well-being. They hope the rightful owner will come to take Mighty Joe Young back home.
Humane Officer Brandt, who was part of the rescue at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, is checking on the shepherd this morning. He is doing well. We are hoping his owner will come forward to our Escondido Campus. For now, we are calling him Mighty Joe Young. pic.twitter.com/cDnCQpuUZR
source: NBC 7 San Diego