What is it with rampaging apes and restaurants?

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Is there a subtle hidden plan?

The incident at the Shaoshan Zoo in Kaohsiung began on Wednesday when the orang-utan pushed his way out of his cage and wandered into a nearby restaurant courtyard.
As zoo officials scurried to bring the animal under control, he overturned picnic tables and motorcycles, forcing diners to cower inside the eatery.
Finally an official shot the orang-utan in the upper body with a stun gun, and he was taken away in the scoop of a small bulldozer.

The orangutan joins last week's berzerk Rotterdam gorilla, Bokito:

A group of people tried to barricade themselves inside a restaurant on the zoo grounds, only to watch in horror as the gorilla, its mouth "covered in blood," bashed his way in through a glass door, according to BBC News.
That was where he was recaptured, though, when a zookeeper managed to sink a tranquilizer needle into him.

Is it just me, or do you get the feeling that the smell of fried food is the only thing standing between us and world ape domination?

Or maybe the zoos actually keep tranquilizer darts in the restaurants, to subdue customers angry at the outrageous zoo food prices.

Evidently, Bokito has become a YouTube phenom.

And Reuters tells us that a Dutch entrepreneur has registered to use the rampaging gorilla's name, Bokito, as a brand name for entertainment products:

The name Bokito has been registered as a brand for DVDs, CDs, magazines, clothing and promotional services, the Dutch trademark office said.
The owner of the Bokito brand will hope to mirror the success of polar bear cub "Knut" at Berlin's zoo. Knut was registered by the zoo as a brand, and he now has a website and a book deal.

For those of us who have always hoped that annoying pre-teen boys will get their comeuppance, Frans de Waal has tried to throw water on the fire:

The Volkskrant quotes gorilla expert Frans de Waal who says Bokito's victim is very luck to be alive. His action was a warning to visitors and zoo keepers.
'Don't try to attract attention, don't try to provoke wild animals,' he says. 'A zoo is not some fun event with real interaction with predators and primates.'

No, I guess not:

"Everyone was in panic, running away, screaming, wailing, screaming kids running around. It was a total drama," one witness told NOS radio.