A 17-year-old gorilla was shot dead on Saturday in Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in the US city in a bid to rescue a 4-year-old boy who fell in enclosure.
Authorities said the boy, who fell 10 to 12 feet, is expected to recover after being picked up out of the moat and dragged by the 400-pound male, lowland gorilla named Harambe.
The boy was in the moat for about 10 minutes and was in between the gorilla's legs when the gorilla was shot, according to WLWT.
While zoo officials are still investigating, they believe the boy crawled through a railing barrier, and then fell into the moat.
Zoo officials said at the time boy fell in the moat, three gorillas were in the enclosure but the two female gorillas were called out immediately. However, a third gorilla, Harambe, remained in the yard with the child.
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