Even though a 4-year-old boy’s life was saved on May 28, after he fell into a gorilla’s enclosure, many people are now questioning the decision the zoo made to shoot and kill the gorilla, instead of tranquilizing it. Well, the zoo’s direction has finally explained why!
The recent killing of a gorilla to save a 4-year-old boy’s life at the Cincinnati Zoo on May 28 has sparked outrage, but the zoo’s director held a press conference on Monday, May 30, and explained why they made the decision to shoot and kill the 450-pound creature.
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“The idea of waiting and shooting it with a [tranquilizer] was not a good idea,” Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard said at a press conference Monday, May 30, notes TMZ. “That would have definitely created alarm in the male gorilla. When you dart an animal, anesthetic doesn’t work in one second, it works over a period of a few minutes to 10 minutes. The risk was due to the power of that animal.”
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, the boy somehow climbed through the public barrier and fell into the Gorilla World exhibit’s moat. After he fell, the male gorilla named Harambe made contact and was seen dragging the boy around in the water by his arms.
“[The gorilla] was acting erratically, he was disoriented,” Thane added. “It’s due to his strength, that’s where the danger was.”
The family of the 4-year-old boy also thanked the zoo for making the decision to shoot and kill the animal.
“We extend our heartfelt thanks for the quick action by the Cincinnati Zoo staff. We know that this was a very difficult decision for them and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla,” their statement reads.
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