Police nab cyclist in gorilla suit in Dalby
Pedestrians and motorists in Dalby, a rural town in western Queensland, Australia, had to do a double take on Monday afternoon, when a gorilla was spotted cycling down the main street.
Police intervened about 3.15pm after the safety-conscious primate was spotted with his helmet on, riding along a footpath on Cunningham Street in Dalby’s centre.
But not all was as it seemed, police said the out-of-place African native was actually an 18-year-old Dalby resident, up to some monkey business.
Police said the man, who was dressed in a gorilla suit, was doing wheel-stands on the bike, or riding on just the back wheel, and posing a threat to pedestrians.
“If he’d been on two wheels, it could have been a slap on the wrist,” a police spokesman said.
“But there was a danger to pedestrians.”
When asked to explain himself, police said the teen insisted he was “just having fun”.
The man was issued with a $60 fine for causing a hazard to pedestrians.
He will have to pay with cash, not bananas.