Frantic 911 call after boy falls into gorilla enclosure released

Wednesday, Cincinnati Police released 911 calls of the shocking incident.

While on the call with the dispatcher, Gregg is also heard telling her son who fell in the gorilla enclosure to "Be calm, be calm!" "I can't watch this!" the woman, who isn't identified, said in the 911 call Saturday after he dropped some 15 feet into the exhibit.

The gorilla was shot and killed by zoo employees and the child escaped the incident with a concussion, minor cuts and bruises.

During the 911 recordings of Saturday's incident, which ended when the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla called Harambe was shot dead by zoo staff, the boy's mother is heard pleading for help while repeatedly shouting at her son: "Be calm!"

MOTHER: Isaiah! be calm.

"I have received multiple messages that were meant for her and I cannot believe how many people thought killing Harambe was wrong and it should have been her son who died instead", the woman said.

Thane Maynard, the zoo's director, has defended zoo officials' decision to shoot the gorilla amid a torrent of public scorn.

The family released a new statement Wednesday morning with an update on the boy's condition. "We have never had to kill a unsafe animal in the middle of an emergency situation".

Rescue official: "We have rescued the child". "We're just doing our due diligence to make sure we know what happened". Video showed the gorilla dragging the boy through the moat at one point during the 10-minute encounter, stated the television station.

Cincinnati police are "looking at the facts and circumstances" that led to the boy falling into the exhibit and plan to "review" the actions of the boy's mom and others present, the department said in a statement Tuesday to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The family expresses thanks to those expressing concern and support. Cincinnati police say they are investigating actions by the boy's family leading up to the fall.

Q: Have other parents been charged with putting a child in danger at a zoo?

"It's just terrible on all parts".

As anger rages against the parents of the boy, the zoo and animal captivity in general, Goodall shows that there's a way to raise a question, while also being compassionate to everyone mourning the loss of a much-beloved individual.

  • Sheila Mcguire