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Gorilla Dead After Boy Falls Into Enclosure

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17-year-old gorilla began dragging the child around the habitation before action was taken...

A 17-year-old male Gorilla has been shot dead at Cincinnati Zoo to protect a young boy who climbed through a railing and fell into a moat at the gorilla enclosure.

The Four-year-old boy crawled through a barrier in the enclosure before falling over 3 meters; Those who witnessed the scene told reporters that the 17-year-old male gorilla, named Harambe, began dragging the child around the habitation, before action was taken.

The Zoo keepers tried calling Harambe plus two more gorillas out of the enclosure at the time of the incident - but only Harambe stayed in the yard with the young boy in his hands - A Cincinnati fire department incident report says that the gorilla "was violently dragging and throwing the child" before action was taken to terminate the Great Ape.

Officials also stated that the child was in between the gorilla's legs when fires were shot.

Zoo Director Thane Maynard told reporters that it took around 10 minutes before the zoo's dangerous animal response team shot and killed Harambe; "We've never had a situation like this ... they made the right choice," Mr Maynard said.

The child was later hospitalised with multiple injuries- but was released from hospital on Saturday night.