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VIDEO: Gorilla Killed After 4 Year Old Falls Into Zoo Enclosure

May 30, 2016 | Monday

 Heart-stopping moment a four-year-old boy falls 12 feet into US zoo enclosure and is grabbed and dragged by 400lb gorilla for 10 minutes as horrified visitors watch - before the animal is shot dead.


Cincinnati Zoo staff shot and killed the 17-year-old, 400lb gorilla after it manhandled a young child who crawled into its enclosure. A terrifying video showed the monstrous animal playing with the boy but more graphic footage - in which it dragged him underwater - could not be shown. The child fell between ten to 12ft into the moat, where he remained with the gorilla for at least ten minutes. Three gorillas - the male and two females - were in the enclosure at the time but the male, Harmabe, refused to come out when called by zoo workers. The boy, who has not been named, was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center with serious injuries.


The Cincinnati Zoo shot and killed the 17-year-old gorilla after the boy fell into the gorilla exhibit moat on Saturday.

Authorities said the boy fell 10 to 12 feet and was inside the enclosure for more than 10 minutes
The boy, who is not named, is expected to recover after being picked up out of the moat.

While zoo officials are still investigating, they believe the boy crawled through a railing barrier and then fell into the moat.


Video footage has emerged show some of the chilling moments of the time the boy was inside the enclosure
During the chaotic scenes, people can be heard shouting 'No, no!' and for someone to call 911

The boy was in the moat for about 10 minutes and was in between the gorilla's legs when the gorilla was shot, according to WLWT.


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