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Family of child that entered Cincinnati Zoo gorilla exhibit releases statement

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CINCINNATI (WDRB) -- The family of the young boy that entered the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo says he is still doing well.

The family of the 3-year-old released a statement on Wednesday morning.

Family members say they are thankful to the zoo for their actions to protect their child. The family has no comment on a Cincinnati Police investigation into the incident.

The boy was dragged by Harambe after entering into the exhibit. The 17-year-old gorilla was shot by zoo officials in order to save the boy's life.

Kim O'Connor, who recorded the incident says it was the right decision. "The horrific part, worse than what my video captures, happened on the cement part of that exhibit. And I didn't capture that video. I would've never captured that video. But just taking that into consideration and not the moat and the water, they had no other choice. I don't believe Harambe was going to give that little boy up," O'Connor said.

While police in Cincinnati are investigating the child's parents, federal inspectors plan their own review.

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