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.
Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai
A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.
The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.
According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.
But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.
He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.
Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.
The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.
‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.Follow @gorkhapost