Watch the BBC show footage of a gorilla instead of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Presenter Charlie Stayt quickly offers an apology for the mishap

BBC Breakfast accidentally showed footage of a gorilla instead of Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during a link this morning (October 14).

While informing viewers what would be coming up next on the early-morning magazine show, presenter Naga Munchetty said: “We’re going to be joined by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. We’ll talk to her about plans for a second referendum on independence.”

The show’s editors then cut to footage of a gorilla enjoying a snack while sitting against a tree. “I’m sorry,” co-presenter Charlie Stayt quickly told viewers. “We’ve very clearly run the wrong footage over that particular sequence.” Watch what happened below.

The footage of the gorilla related to another story in this week’s news. Kumbuka, a 29-stone western lowland silverback, managed to escape from his enclosure at London Zoo yesterday (October 13) before he was tranquilised and safely returned to his pen. London Zoo officials have reassured the public that Kumbuka is a “gentle giant” and only managed to make it as far as the secure keepers’ area before he was taken back to his enclosure.

Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon later appeared on the show live via satellite, and told viewers that she thinks a second Scottish independence is “highly likely” to take place after a majority of the country’s voters voted against Brexit.