Police to probe U.S gorilla shooting

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Police will investigate the circumstances around the killing of a gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo after a four-year-old boy fell into his enclosure.

 

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said once the police inquiry had finished “they will confer with our office on possible criminal charges.”

 

The zoo said it had no choice but to kill the gorilla, and has defended its safety measures around the enclosure.

 

The BBC reports that animal activists have accused the zoo of negligence.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now, a Cincinnati-based animal rights group, said it had filed a federal complaint against the zoo with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

 

The parents of the boy – who suffered minor injuries in the incident – have also faced heavy criticism social media.

 

The zoo on Monday defended its actions, saying it had no choice but to shoot the gorilla as tranquilisers would not have worked in time to save the boy.

 

It also said its Gorilla World exhibit was safe and exceeded required protocols.

But Michael Budkie, of Stop Animal Exploitation Now, said the USDA should fine the zoo for having an exhibit that the public could access.

 

“What happened this weekend made it very clear that the physical barriers at the Cincinnati Zoo are not adequate to keep people out of the enclosures, obviously,” he said, adding that the enclosure was reported to be over 30 years old.

 

He also said the zoo had been criticised back in March after two polar bears were able to wander out of their pen into a service hallway.

Nation

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