Ohio shop’s gorilla mascot attacked by banana

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Jeff Stacklin, Yahoo! Cleveland Editor

It's not your everyday assault.

Fox8 Cleveland reports that the gorilla mascot at the Wireless Center, a cellular phone retailer in Strongsville, was attacked last week by a kid in a banana costume.

According to Fox8, the store has the gorilla as a marketing tool a couple of days a week. Brandon Parham, the store manager, told the TV station that he had seen the kid inside the store prior to the attack.

"Then he just emerged, dressed up as a banana, and sprinted as fast as he could at our gorilla," Parham said. "The kid just speared our gorilla."

Check out this video from Fox8, complete with audio from a police dispatcher when the attack was reported to police:

Fox8 reports that after the attack, the person dressed up as a banana split and headed south on Pearl Road.

Meantime, the store manager feels his guy got a bad deal: "The gorilla should have won," Parham said.