A four-year-old climbed into the gorilla enclosure in Cincinatti Zoo & Botanical Garden in Ohio. While the other gorillas withdrew from the exhibit after being called by the zookeepers, a 17-year-old silverback named Harambe refused to leave, and proceeded to restrain and drag the boy through the water. The decision was made to shoot the gorilla in order to save the child’s life.
From the official zoo update:
“The Zoo security team’s quick response saved the child’s life. We are all devastated that this tragic accident resulted in the death of a critically-endangered gorilla,” said Zoo Director Thane Maynard. “This is a huge loss for the Zoo family and the gorilla population worldwide.”
Video shows Gorilla Dragging Boy Through the Moat
Tranquilizers May Have Not Worked
According to zoo officials who spoke with CNN, tranquilizers may not have saved the child, as “they feared a tranquilizer would take too long to kick in, and the dart may have agitated the gorilla.”