Eyewitness recounts moment boy fell into Cincinnati Zoo enclosure

Eyewitness recounts moment boy fell into Cincinnati Zoo enclosure

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Zoo visitors were frightened as a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure.

Video shows the disturbing scene as a 450 pound, 17-year old gorilla drags the boy through the moat.

You can see the gorilla, Harambe, initially huddling over the child before dragging him through the shallow waters of the enclosure.

A call to 911 dispatchers soon followed the ordeal.

"A 3 year old child has fallen into the gorilla cage and the gorilla is slamming the child into the wall and the child is in the water," the caller stated.

You can see Harambe holding on to the child before dragging him again.

"For the safety of the child the Zoo's Dangerous Animal Response Team shot and killed Harambe," said Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard.

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FOX19 NOW spoke to Kimberly O'Connor, the woman who shot video of the entire ordeal. She says those moments were scary.

" I heard the splash, didn't think much about it, the female started moving towards the edge, and i heard a man yell, there's a child in there, there's a child in there, everybody started screaming," said O'Connor. "And then we started yelling, calm down, calm down, stop screaming, but he started running, you could feel it, thump thump thump,  but that wasn't the worst part, the worst part we didn't video."

O'Connor then describes the horrifying moment that no one, but those who were there have witnessed as of right now.

"The worst part was after he got him to the top of the exhibit where it was concrete and he really roughed the boy like a doll, that little boy wasn't gonna survive if they didn't do something fast," recalled O'Connor.

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