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Cincinnati Zoo hears condolences as well as criticism after killing gorilla

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- The director of the Cincinnati Zoo says staffers are receiving messages of support and condolences from around the world after a gorilla there was fatally shot to protect a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into its enclosure.

The zoo official says visitors today are leaving flowers at the gorilla exhibit and asking how they can support gorilla conservation.

He acknowledges there are also critics of the zoo's decision Saturday to kill Harambe, a 17-year-old western lowlands gorilla. He says the 400-pound-plus gorilla wasn't attacking the child but was in an "agitated situation" and was "extremely strong."

Dozens of animal rights activists were outside the zoo this afternoon. They held signs with messages such as "Rest in Peace Harambe."

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