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(UPDATE) Gorilla killed at Cincinnati Zoo after child falls into exhibit

In this shocking video from the Cincinnati Zoo yesterday, you can see a 400-pound male Western lowland silverback named Harambe holding the child who had fallen about ten feet over the railing into the enclosure at about 4 p.m. Saturday evening.

The 17-year-old gorilla was shot after first responders had witnessed him violently dragging and throwing the child. It appeared that maybe the gorilla was protecting the child in the video, but apparently the violent footage wasn’t caught on tape.

After the gorilla was shot and killed with a rifle, the 4-year-old was retrieved from the enclosure, and taken to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with serious injuries he is expected to recover from. The child remained conscious during the entire incident, which lasted over ten minutes. The gorilla was an endangered species, but zoo officials agree that the right choice was made with strong animal in an agitated situation. Prayers for the little kid’s recovery.

UPDATE: New footage has emerged from terrifying situation at the Cincinnati Zoo

Article written by Kaan Solagan

Senior at the University of Kentucky. Atherton High School Alumnus. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - The Greatest

16 Comments for (UPDATE) Gorilla killed at Cincinnati Zoo after child falls into exhibit



  1. sincitycat
    11:36 am May 29, 2016 Permalink

    What a shame for the gorilla and I hope the parents are charged with neglecting their child.



    • kenny
      11:54 am May 29, 2016 Permalink

      The parents will end up suing the zoo and getting paid, even though they are partially to blame.



    • Bobbum Man
      3:13 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

      What an ignorant comment… Yes it sucks the gorilla was put down when he did nothing wrong… But you have no idea the circumstances that led to the little child falling in



  2. kevin823
    11:59 am May 29, 2016 Permalink

    I bet the dumb ass parents will sue the zoo when in reality they saved the boys life. Even sadder they will probably win.



  3. Ridge Runner
    12:50 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    Yes, as the others said… Parents or those responsible for watching child are always the root cause 9 times out of 10 at this age and yes, that elephant in the room is always present yet never mentioned.



  4. sincitycat
    12:54 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    Maybe the parents should be put in a cage and the zoo should sue them on behalf of the gorilla.



  5. kevin823
    12:57 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    If the parents sue the zoo should sue them for loss of gorilla.



  6. terwilliger
    1:03 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    So first some asshole decides to kill himself by entering a lion enclosure (totally selfish move, not thinking of the animals at all) and then another magnificent and endangered animal, this gorilla, has to be shot because you took your eye off your FOUR YEAR OLD.

    I realize everyone makes mistakes, but did you ever notice how the dumbest people always seem to be the most fertile?



    • WeareBBN
      1:33 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

      Agree terwilliger. The world today is being taken over by these dumb people. It is a “just me” world, take no responsibility for my actions it is always someone else’s fault. The title of this should read GORILLA MURDERED AT CINCY ZOO. Great caption would be “parents charged”. Sadly as most said they will end up making tons of money off this, hopefully someone gives them the justice they deserve. That Gorilla did nothing to deserve to die, was in its home which was basically broken into. Agree there should be no way for a child to crawl in there, by the zoo and the parents, but this was murder. That Gorilla had no idea what to do, should have been tranquilized and not killed. What a shame and Cincy Zoo will never get another visit from me.



  7. blueballs80
    1:41 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    Why the hell did they not tranquilize the gorilla? I find it hard to believe the zoo officials didnt have tranquilizers on them and a life taken for no fault of its. Just disgusting.



  8. sincitycat
    1:53 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    Some people are just too stupid to know how babies are conceived!



  9. kevin823
    1:54 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    They did not tranq becuz the zoo said tranqs take too long to take effect and a tranq may have made the gorilla more unpredictable. They did the right thing but as I have said the parents are to blame as well as zoo for not having more secure boundries. The parents will sue and they will win but in reality the zoo saved their son.



  10. kevin823
    2:13 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    To the person asking why they didnt use tranq remember the gorilla dragged the kid thru the water and towsed him once. see the explanation the zoo gave in my post above.



  11. leon singleton
    2:49 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    The unsafe place should be shut down



  12. ukbradstith
    3:41 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    You can’t blame the parent without knowing more details. Impossible to hold your child’s hand all day, nor should you. I am a parent and teacher, and little kids can dart away in a moments notice. I have had groups of 10-15 5 and 6 year olds at one time, so how could you restrain all at once. Maybe this mother had another small child or a group? Maybe the kid just darted away? Need more details.



  13. Catlogic15
    7:35 pm May 29, 2016 Permalink

    Shoot the parents. They failed. Gorilla killed on supposition.