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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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Nepali worker dies in Malaysia

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DARCHULA –Tara Singh Dhami, 35, of Malikarjun Rural Municipality-3 has died in Malaysia.

Dhami was found dead near a hotel at 4 am on Thursday, Dhami’s family source said. He had gone to Malaysia three years back for foreign employment.

Dhami’s uncle Dharam Singh Dhami said how and in what circumstances Tara died is yet to known.

Tara was the only bread-winner in the family and his death has left the family devastated. Dhami is survived by two sons of 8 and 4 years and a three-year-old daughter.

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