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What Was Caught On Film At An Ohio Zoo Will Stop Your Heart

Over the weekend something unexpected—and quite tragic—happened at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

A four-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure after crawling through a barrier at the exhibit on Saturday—and the gorilla was killed by zoo staff as a result. Several news outlets reported that the boy was in the exhibit with the 400 lb., 17-year-old gorilla, Harambe, for approximately 10 minutes. And while the gorilla appears to be protecting the boy from the screaming crowd in the video, he also drags the boy across the exhibit multiple times.

Twitter user Amber Soler tweeted video footage of the incident:

 

 

The Cincinnati Zoo just celebrated Harambe’s birthday on Friday:

 

 

Zoo officials reportedly made the decision to put down Harambre because they said the situation appeared to be life-threatening:

 

What do you think of this incident? Do you think it was handled well? Let us know your thoughts.

April Dray
Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance journalist and blogger. Written word is my zeal. I love my cat and she tolerates me.