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Gorilla Killed at Cincinnati Zoo

Poll: Gorilla Shot at Cincinnati Zoo After Child Falls Into Enclosure

On Saturday, a 17-year-old gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio was shot and killed after dragging a 3-year-old boy around his enclosure. The child had fallen into the enclosure, and the gorilla, named Harambe, blocked him from view of his mother and then dragged him around the enclosure. You can see the scary events in this cell phone video. Many viewers are questioning the boys' parents and why they weren't watching him more closely.

In this sad story, the audience seems to be split on whether or not the 400-pound gorilla should have been killed and whether or not a tranquilizer gun would have worked as an alternative. Zoo Director Thane Maynard, however, said a tranquilizer wouldn't have knocked Harambe out immediately and would have perhaps agitated him further.

In the end, zookeepers chose to kill Harambe to save the child, who was then taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. We want you to weigh on the discussion and let us know: did the zoo do the right thing?

Image Source: Flickr user dq090702
Were zookeepers right in killing the gorilla?
Yes, the only way to save the child was to kill the gorilla.
No, the gorilla didn't need to die.
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