New Delhi: In the Cincinnati Zoo, Ohio (US) a male gorilla was killed by keepers after he dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into the enclosure, a zoo official said, reported media.
On Saturday, Harambe, a 181-kg western lowland gorilla grabbed
a boy who crawled through a barrier and fell into a moat surrounding the habitat, Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard told media.
For about 10 minutes, the boy was with the 17-year-old gorilla. The zoo's dangerous animal response team considered the situation life-threatening, media reports said.
Cincinnati Zoo provided this undated photo of Harambe (17) gorilla
The hard choice was made shoot Harambe in order to save the boy.
At the time of the incident, two female gorillas were also in the enclosure. The boy, who was not identified, was not seriously injured.
In 2014, Harambe was moved to the Cincinnati Zoo from Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas.
Western lowland gorillas are classified as an endangered species. The zoo had hoped to use Harambe for breeding purpose.