Bar­rier to go­rilla ex­hibit en­tered by boy in­ef­fec­tive

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH -

CINCINNATI: Fed­eral in­spec­tors con­cluded that the Cincinnati Zoo’s bar­rier to keep the pub­lic and go­ril­las sep­a­rate wasn’t in com­pli­ance with stan­dards for hous­ing pri­mates when a 3-year-old boy slipped into their ex­hibit, re­sult­ing in the shooting death of an en­dan­gered go­rilla named Harambe. The US Agri­cul­ture De­part­ment in­spec­tion re­port, ob­tained Thurs­day by The As­so­ci­ated Press, also stated that the zoo’s dan­ger­ous-an­i­mal re­sponse team prop­erly fol­lowed pro­ce­dures af­ter visi­tors called 911 on May 28 to re­port a child in the go­rilla en­clo­sure. A team mem­ber con­cluded the child was in “life-threat­en­ing dan­ger.” The death of the 17-year-old male western low­land go­rilla led to mourn­ing around the globe and a storm of crit­i­cism and un­end­ing so­cial me­dia at­ten­tion. The zoo quickly made the bar­rier taller and added ny­lon mesh and sur­veil­lance cam­eras. The zoo said there had been no pre­vi­ous prob­lems in the Go­rilla World ex­hibit’s 38-year his­tory and its bar­ri­ers were al­ways found com­pli­ant in ear­lier fed­eral in­spec­tions, in­clud­ing in April. The fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing and could lead to fines or other dis­ci­plinary ac­tion. The de­part­ment’s an­i­mal welfare arm con­firmed that the zoo’s bar­rier sys­tem had been con­sid­ered to be in com­pli­ance dur­ing ear­lier in­spec­tions.

—AP

CINCINNATI: In this file photo, a visi­tor touches a pic­ture of Harambe, a male sil­ver­back go­rilla, at a makeshift me­mo­rial out­side the Go­rilla World ex­hibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botan­i­cal Gar­den in Cincinnati.

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