We’ve all seen the terrifying video of a four-year-old boy being grabbed by a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, but what’s less obvious is how the child was able to get into the animal’s habitat. Find out how it happened right here.
When a small boy appeared in a gorilla’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on May 28, no one was prepared to see him come into contact with the 400 pound animal. Read on to see exactly how the boy managed to get on the wrong side of the fence!
The boy, who goes unnamed, wanted to get a closer look at the Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo. In order to do so, he snuck away from his mom and siblings, and going under a rail, through wires and bushes and over a moat wall to try and get into the enclosure, according to the zoo. He ended up slipping and falling down a steep cliff for about 10-12 feet, landing in a moat at the bottom. Once bystanders started screaming, Harambe, a 17-year-old Silverback gorilla, came out from a cave to see what was happening.
Of course, what happened next is bittersweet: after the gorilla came into contact with the boy, zoo officials shot the gorilla in order to protect the child. The animal died, and the boy was given a full trauma assessment before being sent to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He was released on May 29 with minor injuries, according to District Fire Chief Marc Monahan. We’re so glad that the boy is okay, but it’s sad that the gorilla’s life was unable to be spared.
HollywoodLifers, are you surprised that this little boy managed to get into the gorilla habitat? Tell us how you feel in the comments!