A four-year-old boy is home safe after a terrifying encounter with a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Herambe, the endangered gorilla, is now dead and the entire ordeal was captured by a bystander.
The director of the zoo says they were forced to shoot and kill Herambe in order to save the child who climbed over a barrier and dropped 15-feet into the gorilla’s exhibit.
Two female gorillas responded to the zoo director’s command to leave the exhibit when the boy fell, but 400-pound Herambe did not.
Herambe dragged the boy through water for what officials say was more than 10-minutes.
Some people who saw the whole incident say it was terrifying to watch.
The zoo director says everyone at the zoo is devastated by what happened, but says the right decision was made in this difficult situation.