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Gorilla shot and killed at Cincinnati Zoo after dragging and throwing a child

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CINCINNATI, Oh. (WDRB) -- A gorilla has been shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday after a 3-year-old boy wandered into the gorilla enclosure at the zoo. 

The 17-year-old gorilla, Harambe, was killed after officials say he violently dragged and threw a three-year-old child.

The boy was taken to a children's hospital in Cincinnati.

Authorities say his injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.

Zoo officials say the child crawled under a barrier and through fencing to get into the exhibit just after four today.

They say the little boy was never under attack, but that his life was in danger.

"It's a sad day all the way around. The right choice was made, it was a difficult choice. We have protocols and procedures. We do drills with our Dangerous Animal Response Team. But we've never had a situation like this at the Cincinnati Zoo, where Dangerous Animal needed to be dispatched in an emergency situation," Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director, said.

The director says the animal couldn't be tranquilized because it was an agitated situation and tranquilizers take a while to take effect.

Harambe arrived at the Cincinnati zoo last year

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