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    May 30, 2016

    Ohio zoo kills gorilla to save kid


    WORKERS at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio shot and killed a gorilla on Saturday after a three-year-old boy fell into its enclosure, officials said.

    The boy crawled through a barrier into the enclosure and fell into a moat, zoo director Thane Maynard said.

    The gorilla, a 17-year-old male named Harambe weighing more than 180kg, "went down and got him", he said.

    Witnesses said the gorilla dragged the screaming boy around the habitat.

    The zoo's dangerous-animal response team shot and killed the gorilla after around 10 minutes.

    The child was hospitalised with injuries that were not life-threatening, the police were quoted as saying.

    The zoo's response team decided to shoot the gorilla as a tranquiliser would not have taken effect instantly, Mr Maynard said.