Video shows tense moments as gorilla drags boy through Cincinnati Zoo exhibit

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CINCINNATI — A four-year-old boy who was dragged by a gorilla around its habitat in the Cincinnati Zoo is out of the hospital, as dramatic video shows the tense moments before zoo officials decided to shoot and kill the animal. 

Zoo officials say the boy fell 10 to 12 feet into a moat after he climbed through a public barrier at the Gorilla World exhibit Saturday afternoon.

He was picked up out of the moat and dragged by the gorilla for about 10 minutes.

Zoo Director Thane Maynard says the zoo's dangerous animal response team decided the boy was in "a life-threatening situation" and that they needed to put down the 400-pound-plus male gorilla named Harambe.


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