A gorilla has been shot dead after a boy fell into its zoo enclosure. The 4-year-old is set to make a full recovery.https://t.co/9VSauoap7D— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) May 29, 2016
According to the zoo staff, a tranquilizer dart would not have taken effect immediately. And the gorilla, in an agitated state, could lash out at the nearest thing to him in defense, which might have been the little boy.
Zoo experts across the country acknowledge the gorilla was at no fault in the incident. But, in considering the risk of harm to the little boy, most experts feel the right decision was made.
Witnesses says they overheard the boy repeatedly saying he wanted to go into the gorilla habitat, and his mother kept telling him 'no.'
How hideous that a mistake by this little boy - or perhaps his mother who clearly wasn't watching her child closely enough - resulted in the gorilla losing his life.