San Diego, CA | A San Diego Zoo employee has been hospitalized and is lying in critical condition after allegedly trying to sexually assault a Giant Pacific Octopus.
The 28-year-old employee was found partially naked and unconscious when security agents discovered the young man and alerted an ambulance.
It took medical personnel several hours to successfully release the octopus that had latched itself to the man’s genital area.
“We did the best we could but the octopus’s beak has tremendous pressure and the animal had started to digest part of the man’s genitals,” explained Dr. Julia Andrews of the San Diego Medical Center.
“When we separated the animal from his body, his penis had been severely slashed and was hanging by a thread,” she added.
“We also opened the stomach of the octopus only to find the partial remains of a digested testicle,” she told reporters.
Lucky to be alive
Although the young man is still lying in critical condition, health officials do not worry for his life.
“He has lost a lot of blood but it’s a good thing he got here on time,” explained his father to reporters.
“I don’t know what the hell he was thinking screwing with that sea critter but with a little reconstructive surgery, the doctor said he’ll be as good as new,” his father said, visibly relieved.
“I knew he was into heavy metal music and weird satanic stuff but I didn’t know it was that bad,” added his mother in tears.
A San Diego Zoo spokesman told reporters that the “incident was tragic and deplorable” and that an investigation would take place to ensure that “similar incidents do not occur again.”