VIDEO: Attendants In Cincinatti Zoo Kill A Gorilla After 4 Year Old Falls Into Enclosure

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A gorilla was shot and killed in Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio yesterday after dragging around a 4-year-old boy who had entered its enclosure.

The gorilla called Harambe was shot after zookeepers decided a tranquilizer dart would be too slow to take effect. This footage, recorded by a family member of the person who posted it, Amber Soler shows the gorilla dragging the boy around.

Two female gorillas were taken out immediately after the boy fell, but the third gorilla, Harambe, remained in the yard. The zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team responded to what the zoo called a “life-threatening situation” and made the “difficult decision” to kill the gorilla.

Amber Soler who shared the video wrote on Facebook,

“So this actually happened while my Mom and several other family members were right there at the gorilla exhibit.”

“The news has been using the video they took on their phones. This video gives me serious anxiety. I can’t even imagine how scary it must have been to witness. Sad that the gorilla had to be put down, but I’m glad the child survived and I hope he makes a full recovery. #cincinnatizoo #gorilla #harambe.”

Below are short clips of the incident as posted by Amber Soler.

A statement released by Cincinnati Zoo on the incident, reads:
“A 4-year-old boy climbed through a public barrier at Gorilla World at around 4pm today at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and fell into the exhibit’s moat.  The two female gorillas in the exhibit were recalled immediately, but the third, a male, remained in the yard with the child. The Zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team responded to the life-threatening situation and made the difficult decision to dispatch the gorilla (Harambe).
“The Zoo security team’s quick response saved the child’s life.  We are all devastated that this tragic accident resulted in the death of a critically-endangered gorilla,” said Zoo Director Thane Maynard.  “This is a huge loss for the Zoo family and the gorilla population worldwide.”


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