(CINCINNATI) — Dramatic 911 calls from the mother whose small child had fallen into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo have been released. The incident on Saturday resulted in a 17-year-old endangered silverback gorilla being shot to death, sparking controversy.
On the tape, released by police, the mother can be heard saying, “My son fell in the zoo exhibit at the gorilla, at the Cincinnati zoo, my son fell in with gorilla, there is a male gorilla standing over him.”
The operator urges the mother, “be calm, be calm.”
“He’s dragging my son, I can’t watch this,” the mother adds, according to the call.
Meanwhile a bystander can be heard panicking: “There’s a baby in the zoo at gorilla moat, hurry, hurry, the gorillas are out, oh my god.”
The toddler was eventually rescued and suffered minor injuries. The gorilla was shot dead by zoo officials.
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