Gorilla Shot in Cincinnati Zoo After Boy Falls into Habitat
Zoo officials have shot dead a gorilla after a four-year-old boy fell into its enclosure in the US city of Cincinnati.
The boy climbed through a barrier and fell into a moat, where he was grabbed and dragged by the gorilla.
The zoo said it took action to shoot the 400lb (180kg) gorilla as the situation was “life-threatening”. The boy is expected to recover.
Last week two lions were shot dead in a zoo in Chile after a man entered their pen in an apparent suicide attempt.
Cincinnati zoo has temporarily shut its gorilla exhibit following the incident on Saturday.
The boy had fallen about 10ft into the moat. Video shows the boy being dragged through the shallow moat. The gorilla then stops, with the child below him and looking up at him.
But the boy was reportedly dragged by the 17-year-old male western lowland gorilla named Harambe for about 10 minutes.
The child was taken to a local hospital and although no information about his condition has been released it is believed he will recover.
Zoo director Thane Maynard said: “