Cincinnati: A silverback gorilla was killed to rescue a 4-year-old boy on Saturday in a zoo in Ohio’s Cincinnati city. The incident took place at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden when the boy climbed through a railing and fell into a moat within the animal’s enclosure.

In a video footage, Harambe, the Red List animal who turned 17 just a day before was seen dragging in the moat water before the zoo keepers killed the rare gorilla for security concerns.

The zoo director Thane Maynard in a statement said the boy was in “imminent danger,” leaving the zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team with no option but to shoot the 450-pound gorilla.

Meanwhile critics and visitors to Cincinnati Zoo have blamed the parents of a boy and criticized the zoo for responding with excessive force.

 

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