Several photos of the gorilla that was shot and killed over the weekend after a boy got into its zoo habitat were published by a local broadcaster.
Cincinnati broadcaster WLWT posted the exclusive images that show the gorilla in its cave, located in the Cincinnati Zoo’s habitat. The animal was inside a cave when the 3-year-old boy dropped into the Gorilla World enclosure, the broadcaster reported. WLWT didn’t say who took the photos or how they obtained them.
A witness captured the gorilla dragging the boy around a moat. Officials said the primate dragged the child for more than 10 minutes before it was shot dead and the boy was rescued.
The boy’s family released a statement Wednesday, saying the child is OK.
“We are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us,” the family stated, according to ABC News. “Some have offered money to the family, which we do not want and will not accept. If anyone wishes to make a gift, we recommend a donation to the Cincinnati Zoo in Harambe’s name.”
The Cincinnati Zoo on Wednesday a gorilla conservation effort in the Republic of Congo would be a fitting beneficiary for donations in memory of an endangered gorilla who was fatally shot to protect a boy who had entered its enclosure.
Instead of accepting donation offers, the child’s family suggested they be given to the zoo in the name of Harambe. The 17-year-old western lowland gorilla was killed Saturday at the zoo because authorities feared for the child’s life.
Video taken by zoo visitors showed the gorilla at times appeared protective of the boy but also violently dragged him through the shallow moat.
Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley said Wednesday that the Mbeli Bai Study in the Republic of Congo could take the monetary gifts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.