Family releases new statement after gorilla killed at Cincinnati Zoo

"Indeed, the title of Peter Holley's essay in the Washington Post is called "'Shooting an endangered animal is worse than murder': "Grief over gorilla's death turns to outrage". A gorilla named Harambe was killed by a s.

Thane Maynard, the zoo's director, stood by the decision to shoot the gorilla and denied claims it was negligent. "At the Cincinnati Zoo", the mom adds, before starting again.

"We've got a child that's fallen into a gorilla moat", a zoo official tells dispatch.

"He's dragging my son, I can't watch this", the woman says. I can't watch this.

Goodall noted that the death is "a devastating loss to the zoo, and to the gorillas".

A Cincinnati Zoo spokesman explains the decision to shoot a gorilla after a boy climbed into its enclosure.

Cincinnati Zoo killed 17-year-old Harambe after a four-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. "People who question that don't understand you can't take a risk with a silverback gorilla - this is a risky animal", Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard said in a news conference. "Thank you to everyone that helped me and my son today and most importantly God for being the awesome God that He is". That gorilla-whose name is Binti Jua-is now 28-years-old, still living her gorilla life in her gorilla pen.

ABC News uploaded the call online.

"I understand no one wants their little boy hurt, but it is just so sad they killed it".

In her statement, Driehaus stressed the importance of not jumping to conclusions before the results of investigations by local and federal officials.

"The child is safe".

Authorities fatally shot the 17-year-old male gorilla Saturday to protect the boy.

Police also said Tuesday they are investigating the parents of the boy. They had said earlier on social media that he had a concussion and scrapes. Prosecutors could pursue a charge of child endangering, which makes it a crime for a parent or guardian to create "a substantial risk to the health or safety of the child by violating a duty of care, protection or support". He says in a statement to The Associated Press he has concluded that existing state laws are adequate. He says zoo officials made "a hard decision to save the life of a child".

The boy crawled through a barrier, landed in a moat and was walking and splashing in the water before the gorilla picked him up and dragged him around the enclosure for about 10 minutes.

"Our child has had a checkup by his doctor and is still doing well", the statement says.

The boy was rushed to Cincinnati Children's Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The family, who haven't been identified by police, said they've been offered money, without specifying what the funds were intended for, but won't accept financial gifts.

Witnesses captured the incident on cellphone video Saturday, and Cincinnati police have opened an investigation.


CBS News has also learned police are still reviewing the parents' actions that led up to the incident.

  • Sheila Mcguire