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US zoo kills gorilla after boy falls into enclosure

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WASHINGTON: Workers at the Cincinnati Zoo in the US state of Ohio shot and killed a gorilla on Saturday after a three-year-old boy fell into its enclosure, officials said.

The boy crawled through a barrier into the enclosure and fell into a moat around 4 pm (1600 GMT), zoo director Thane Maynard told reporters.

The gorilla, a 17-year-old male named Harambe weighing more than 400 pounds (180 kilograms), “went down and got him,” he said.


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Witnesses said the gorilla dragged the screaming boy around the habitat, local media reported.

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The zoo’s dangerous animal response team shot and killed the gorilla around 10 minutes after the boy first entered it.

He was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, media quoted the police as saying.


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The zoo’s response team decided to shoot the gorilla rather than tranquilize him because a tranquilizer would not have taken effect immediately, Maynard said.

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“It seemed by our own dangerous animals response team to be a life-threatening situation,” he said. “They saved that little boy’s life.”

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The zoo houses 11 gorillas, according to its website.

“We’ve never had a situation like this,” Maynard said.

Pictures courtesy: The Daily Mail

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