Gorilla killed at Cincinnati Zoo after a 4 year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure and the male gorilla attacked him.
According to the reports, officials shot the gorilla after it attacked the boy and started to drag him violently.
The little boy climbed under a railing, through the wires and took a 10 feet fall into the gorilla enclosure. According to the zoo officials, the two female gorillas that were in the exhibit were called back immediately, but Haramber, the male gorilla, was able to make his way to the boy.
Here’s a video filmed by one of the witnesses.
— Amber Soler (@Amber_Soler) May 29, 2016
Firefighters and paramedics were called on the scene, and according to statements, they saw the gorilla attacking the boy.
The zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response team responded and decided to shoot and kill the gorilla with a riffle, in order to save the kid.
“It seemed very much by our professional team, our Dangerous Animal Response Team, to be a life-threatening situation and so the choice was made to put down, or shoot, Harambe,”zoo director Thane Maynard told reporters.
Watch his full statement!
Following the incident, the boy was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries.
The boy’s family released a statement : “We are so thankful to the Lord that our child is safe. He is home and doing just fine. We extend out heartfelt thanks for the quick action by the Cincinnati Zoo staff.” Read the full statement below.
Statement from the family of the child involved in Saturday's incident at the Cincinnati Zoo pic.twitter.com/xf03ljrFqm
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) May 29, 2016