4-Year Old Boy Falls into Gorilla World Exhibit, Gorilla Is Killed

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NBC News – A 4-year-old boy climbed under a railing and through wires before falling about 10 feet into the Gorilla World exhibit at about 4 p.m., said Cincinnati Zoo director Thayne Maynard.

A 17-year-old gorilla was shot dead Saturday at the Cincinnati Zoo after it grabbed a child who had fallen into its enclosure, officials said.

First responders “witnessed a gorilla who was violently dragging and throwing the child,” Cincinnati Fire Department Chief Marc Monahan wrote in a statement.

Once “the threat from the gorilla was neutralized by a Cincinnati Zoo employee with one shot from a long rifle,” the child was retrieved and brought to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with serious injuries, the statement said.

The child, who has not been identified, remained conscious during the entire incident, which lasted more than 10 minutes, the statement said. The Associated Press reported that he was expected to recover.

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