Banana at Large After Attacking Gorilla in Strongsville
By Melissa Reid Fox 8 News Reporter 11:39 p.m. EDT, July 7, 2011
There is a banana at large in Strongsville.
Police say that someone dressed up as a banana and attacked the Wireless Center's mascot, a gorilla, last week.
"I noticed a kid in the bushes. Then he just emerged, dressed up as a banana, and sprinted as fast as he could at our gorilla," said Brandon Parham, the manager. "The kid just speared our gorilla."
Parham and another employee witnessed the attack.
"The kid was in mid-air, flying. He just looked like a Spartan from that movie '300,' except he was a banana," added Parham.
The Wireless Center uses the gorilla as an advertising tool on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
"After he got tackled, the gorilla just got back up and adjusted his head. He kept on waving his sign around," said Parham.
Police say the person dressed up as a banana split and headed south on Pearl Road.
According to Parham, the person who was wearing the gorilla costume will recover.
"This is just bizarre. It's really not normal of the food chain. That's not really how this works. The gorilla should have won," said Parham.
Police were unable to locate the banana.
They believe it was prank.
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