17-Year-Old Gorilla Shot Dead After A 4-Year-Old Boy Fell Into Its Enclosure
A zoo shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla that grabbed and dragged a four-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat on Saturday afternoon, the Cincinnati Zoo’s director said. Authorities said the boy, who fell 10 to 12 feet, is expected to recover after being picked up out of the moat and dragged by the 400-pound male, lowland gorilla named Harambe.
The boy was in the moat for about 10 minutes and was in between the gorilla’s legs when the gorilla was shot. While zoo officials are still investigating, they believe the boy crawled through a railing barrier, and then fell into the moat.