PEE SHOCK AT ZOO
Taoiseach Micheal Martin dodges call of nature from gibbon on visit to Dublin Zoo as outdoor attractions reopen
- 26 Apr 2021, 23:28
- Updated: 26 Apr 2021, 23:28
TAOISEACH Micheal Martin looked relieved to dodge the call of nature on his visit to Dublin Zoo today, as outdoor attractions reopened around the country.
The Fianna Fail leader was joined by zoo director Dr Christoph Schwitzer on their first day open to visitors — having been closed for a total of 244 days.
But Martin had a close call as female gibbon Cahaya, ten, peed within inches of the country’s leader.
Dr Schwitzer said of the urinating ape: “She did that deliberately. They know very well underneath that the public will show a reaction when they observe us.
“The Taoiseach had a lucky escape. He was wearing a good suit.”
Dublin Zoo is one of the country’s most popular visitor attractions, welcoming 1.3million visitors in 2019, the last year before the pandemic.
But their doors had been closed since New Year’s Eve as the country entered a third wave of the virus.
Despite narrowly escaping being doused by the piddling primate, the Taoiseach later tweeted: “Really enjoyed my visit to Dublin Zoo today — a great lift to see outdoor attractions like the zoo and Fota Wildlife open again.”