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Silverback Mountain Gorilla, Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Hamilton County prosecutor, says the mother of the 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo will not face charges.

“By all accounts, this mother did not act in any way where she presented this child to some harm.”

The boy slipped into the enclosure and was surrounded by Harambe, a 450-pound gorilla. The gorilla was agitated and pulled the boy across a moat and was fatally shot by zoo personnel.

To ensure this type of tragedy doesn’t occur again, the zoo has raised the barrier to 42 inches, and added solid wood beams to the top and knotted rope netting to the bottom.

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