Boy falls into gorilla enclosure

After a 3-year-old boy slid into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on a crowded Saturday, safety teams made a difficult decision to save the child.

The zoo said in a statement that the boy had “fallen into the moat of the exhibit.” A male western lowland gorilla was in the garden with an infant. “The zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team has made the difficult decision to dispatch a gorilla (Halambe) in response to a life-threatening situation.”

In a video released by television station WLWT, 17-year-old Harambe was handling children and standing over them in the enclosure’s ditch. I hear the boy’s mother calling for help.

The zoo said the child was taken to a local hospital and was conscious during transport. Police said the boy was being treated for “serious but not life-threatening injuries,” according to

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“The zoo’s security team’s prompt response saved the child’s life. We are all devastated that this tragic accident resulted in the loss of an endangered gorilla.” “This is a huge loss to the zoo family and gorilla populations around the world,” zoo director Thane Maynard said in a statement.

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