Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Harambe Shot & Killed After 4-Year-Old Slips Into His Enclosure

Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Harambe Shot & Killed After 4-Year-Old Slips Into His Enclosure

Very sad news coming out of the Cincinnati Zoo…

The Cincinnati Zoo’s 17-year-old gorilla Harambe was shot and killed after a 4-year-old boy climbed through the public barrier and fell into his enclosure on Saturday.

According to a statement released by the zoo, two female gorillas were immediately removed from the exhibit, however one male, Harambe, remained in the yard with the young child.

Fearing the worse outcome, the Zoo’s security team made the choice to use deadly force to take the gorilla down.

A 4-year-old boy climbed through a public barrier at Gorilla World at around 4pm today at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and fell into the exhibit’s moat. The two female gorillas in the exhibit were recalled immediately, but the third, a male, remained in the yard with the child. The Zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team responded to the life-threatening situation and made the difficult decision to dispatch the gorilla (Harambe).

“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.”

The child was alert when transported to Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The hospital is not releasing details on his condition. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and little boy,” said Maynard.

Based on the video that has surfaced of Harambe and the small child, it looks as if he’s trying to protect the boy…not hurt him.

You can hear the child’s mother calling out, “Mommy’s right here…mommy loves you. I’m right here. God, please protect him. Isaiah, be calm!”

Watch the clip on page 2.