400 Pound Gorilla Grabs Child Who's Fallen Into Habitat at Cincinnati Zoo!
The Cincinnati Zoo has been packed with visitors this holiday weekend when many of them were shocked by an incident in which a 4-year-old boy crawled through a railing and fell into a moat in a gorilla habitat.
A family trip to the zoo Saturday afternoon turned terrifying, witness Kim O’Connor said.
O’Connor and her family captured some of the chilling moments inside Gorilla World when 17-year old Harambe grabbed the boy — video seen only on WLWT.
“You heard the splash. People are yelling, 'There's a boy in the water. There's a boy in the water,'” O’Connor said.
O’Connor and her family watched in disbelief.
At times, Harambe almost appeared to want to protect the boy from the onlookers.
“I don't know if the screaming did it or too many people hanging on the edge, if he thought we were coming in, but then he pulled the boy down away further from the big group,” O’Connor said.
O’Connor says she heard the 4-year-old saying he wanted to jump into the gorilla’s habitat before the incident. The boy’s mother was also tending to several other young children.
The boy was inside the enclosure for more than 10 minutes before the gorilla was shot dead and the boy was rescued.