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‘Accidents happen,’ says mother of child who fell into Cincinnati Zoo gorilla enclosure

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edited May 2016 in Animal Deaths/Attacks

‘Accidents happen,’ says mother of child who fell into Cincinnati Zoo gorilla enclosure

Published time: 30 May, 2016 22:57Edited time: 30 May, 2016 22:59 from rt.com
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The mother of a child who fell into a gorilla pit in a US zoo, which led to the animal being shot dead, has spoken out, saying “accidents happen.” Meanwhile, the case has sparked a wave of criticism from both animal rights activists and parents.

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Cincinnati Zoo visitors were shocked on Saturday to see an unattended four-year-old boy climb through a series of barriers and fall into a gorilla enclosure.

As seen in a video captured by terrified onlookers, the inhabitant of the enclosure, a 180-kilogram 17-year-old Western Lowland gorilla named Harambe, grabbed the boy and dragged him by the ankle for several meters. Two female gorillas in the enclosure complied with calls from zoo-keepers to leave the cave, but Harambe stayed.

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