Police: No plans to charge parents of boy who fell into gorilla pit
Cincinnati police say there are no plans to charge the parents of a boy who fell into a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Zoo officials say the 4-year-old climbed through a barrier Saturday and fell 10 to 12 feet into a shallow moat. A 400-pound gorilla picked the boy up and dragged him to another spot.
Two witnesses said they thought the gorilla was trying to protect the boy at first before getting spooked by the screams of onlookers. Fearing for the little boy’s life, the zoo’s dangerous-animal response team shot and killed the 17-year-old ape, named Harambe.
The child, whose name was not released, was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he was expected to recover. Hospital officials said they couldn’t release any information on him.
Zoo Director Thane Maynard said the gorilla didn’t appear to be attacking the child but was "an extremely strong" animal in an agitated situation. He said tranquilizing the gorilla wouldn’t have knocked it out immediately, leaving the boy in danger.