Zoo go­rilla killed in US to save 4-year-old boy

Arab News - - INTERNATIONAL -

CINCINNATI: Pan­icked zoo vis­i­tors watched help­lessly and shouted, “Stay calm!” while one woman yelled, “Mommy loves you!” as a 400-pound-plus go­rilla loomed over a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into a shal­low moat at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The boy sat still in the wa­ter, look­ing up at the go­rilla as the an­i­mal touched the child’s hand and back. At one point, it looked as though the go­rilla helped the young­ster stand up.

Two wit­nesses said they thought the go­rilla was try­ing to pro­tect the boy at first before get­ting spooked by the screams of on­look­ers. The an­i­mal then picked the child up out of the moat and dragged him to an­other spot in­side the ex­hibit, zoo of­fi­cials said.

Fear­ing for the boy’s life, the zoo’s dan­ger­ous-an­i­mal re­sponse team shot and killed the 17-year-old ape, named Harambe.

The child, whose name was not re­leased, was re­leased from Cincinnati Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Med­i­cal Cen­ter on Satur­day night, hours af­ter the fall.

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