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US Zoo kills gorilla after 3-year-old boy falls into enclosure

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OHIO — Workers at the Cincinnati Zoo in the US state of Ohio shot and killed a gorilla on Saturday after a three-year-old boy fell into its enclosure, officials said.

The boy crawled through a barrier into the enclosure and fell into a moat around 4:00pm(local time), zoo chief Thane Maynard told journalists.

The 17-year-old male gorilla, named Harambe, “went down and got him,” he said.

Three gorillas were in the enclosure when the boy fell in the moat. Two were called out of the enclosure immediately but Harambe stayed in the yard.

Around 10 minutes later, the zoo’s dangerous animal response team shot and killed the gorilla.

Witnesses said the gorilla, which weighed more than 180 kilograms, dragged the screaming boy around the habitat.

“We just heard a child screaming, so when we went over there, we saw a little boy’s face…[and] we knew he was being dragged by the gorilla,” the witness told local media outlet WLWT.

“The gorilla took him to one end of his habitat and then the little boy started screaming again and the gorilla dragged him back again and this went on for a while.

“There was a lot of security around but security was panicked and they were just clearing the area.”

The zoo’s response team decided to shoot the gorilla rather than tranquilise him because a tranquiliser would not have taken effect immediately, Mr Maynard said.

“It seemed by our own dangerous animals response team to be a life-threatening situation,” he said because the gorilla had been dragging the boy around.

“They saved that little boy’s life.”

The child was hospitalised with injuries that were not life-threatening, media quoted the police as saying.

“We’ve never had a situation like this…they made the right choice,” Mr Maynard said.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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