Toddler falls into gorilla exhibit in a dramatic turn of events!
What was a typical day at the Cincinnati Zoo turned into every mother’s worst nightmare. In a terrifying change of events a four-year-old toddler falls into the gorilla exhibit at the zoo.
The 17-year old, 400-pound Western Lowland gorilla named Harambe drags the boy through a moat and up a 10-foot ladder out of sight.
The boy was talking about wanting to go into the water before the incident occurred.
According to zoo officials, the reason why a tranquilizer was not used is because it would not take immediate effect. Because the gorilla was already agitated due to the boisterous screaming, it was unpredictable how the animal would have reacted.
“It may take quite a while for a tranquilizer to take effect, but certainly the instance he would be hit, he would have a dramatic response,” said the Cincinnati zoo official. “You don’t hit him and he just falls over, it would take a few minutes.”
“All sorts of things could have happened in a situation like that,” the zoo official said. Therefore, officials had to put the critically endangered species down with a rifle.
“It was a sad day all around. The right choice was made. It was difficult choice,” said Cincinnati Zoo spokesman.
The boy was taken to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.