A gorilla was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into the habitat. | The Tylt
A toddler wandered away from his family and ended up in the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati zoo, where he was confronted by a 17-year-old male gorilla that weighs around 400lbs. The endangered silverback gorilla can be seen moving the boy and on a few occasions dragging the child around the enclosures moat.
It was deemed to be a mortal situation and the zoo's response team decided to shoot and kill the Western lowland silverback. Tranquilizers would have taken too long, they decided.
The gorilla didn't appear to be attacking the child, but he said it was "an extremely strong" animal in an agitated situation. He said the gorilla wasn't tranquilized because in such a large animal it would take several minutes for the tranquilizer to take effect. 'The zoo's in the business of taking care of endangered animals, and we don't want to be in the situation in which they have to be killed,' Maynard said. 'But all sorts of things could happen in a situation like that,' Maynard said during a news briefing, adding that 'the right choice was made.'
The boy was brought to a hospital and has been reported to have sustained minor injuries. The loss of the male gorilla will affect the other gorillas in the group, since they often live in small family structures (4-8 animals in a group). What do you think. Was it right to kill the gorilla?
A gorilla was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into the habitat.
I'm kind of upset that that gorilla got shot and killed because some irresponsible white parent let her idiot child climb into the enclosure— Jeff Strome (@Prince_Flacko) May 29, 2016
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