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WATCH: Witness video of child who fell into zoo gorilla exhibit

CONTENT WARNING: This video may contain content that some viewers may find to be graphic or violent. Viewer discretion is advised. (Photo/Video: Kimberley O’Connor/ViralHog)


CONTENT WARNING: This video may contain content that some viewers may find to be graphic or violent. Viewer discretion is advised. (Photo/Video: Kimberley O'Connor/ViralHog)

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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The 4-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday has been released from the hospital.

The incident ended with the "difficult but right" decision to terminate a 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe, according to zoo officials.

READ ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE: Gorilla killed after 4-year-old falls into enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo

A statement released on the behalf of the boy's family by Gail Myers Public Relations, LLC said the following:

The family of the child who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo has issued the following statement: "We are so thankful to the Lord that our child is safe. He is home and doing just fine. We extend our heartfelt thanks for the quick action by the Cincinnati Zoo staff. We know that this was a very difficult decision for them, and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla. We hope that you will respect our privacy at this time."
The family is granting no interviews, and this is the only statement that will be issued. Thank you.

Lt. Steve Saunders, a Cincinnati police spokesman, said there are no plans to charge the parents.

A Change.org titled "Justice for Harambe" has attained over 10,000 signatures as of 4:45 p.m. Sunday.

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