A zoo is supposed to be a fun place for families to go and see some animals, but this experience turned out to be a mother’s worst nightmare.
The gorilla then picked the child up and dragged him to another area inside the enclosure, according to zoo officials.
The zoo’s dangerous animal response team made a tough call and shot and killed the 17 year old animal. The child was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover.
Zoo Director Thane Maynard said that the gorilla didn’t appear to be attacking the child but was ‘an extremely strong’ animal in an agitated situation. He says that a tranquilizer wouldn’t have knocked the gorilla out fast enough and the boy would have been in danger. Many people are outraged that the gorilla was killed.