The Cincinnati Zoo said Thursday it will re-open its gorilla exhibit next week with a higher, reinforced barrier after a 3-year-old boy got into the enclosure, leading to the primate’s fatal shooting.
Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley said the outer barrier will now be 42 inches high a half foot taller than before with solid grove rays on top and at the bottom, plus knotted tether net at the bottom.
The zoo said there had been no earlier infringes in Gorilla World’s 38 -year history and that the previous obstacle had extended multiple inspections by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which accredits zoos.
“Our exhibit starts over and above standard safety requirements, but in light of what happened, we have modified the outer public impediment to realize entryway even more difficult, ” zoo director Thane Maynard said in a statement.
Meanwhile, a prosecutor was refreshing the police investigation into the parent education the boy, who fell some 15 paws Saturday into a shallow moat after apparently clambering over the barrier. A special response squad shot and killed 17 -year-old Harambe after concluding the boy’s life was at stake.
Friday is “the earliest” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will make a decision on indictments, spokesman Triffin Callos said. Legal experts have told The Associated Press that a prosecution in the case seems unlikely.
A Cincinnati police report relates the boy’s baby as Michelle Gregg, 32, who works at preschool near Cincinnati. The child’s father-god isn’t appointed in such reports, and it’s not clear whether he was at the zoo Saturday.
The boy’s family has said he is doing well at home after being treated at a infirmary Saturday evening. Police said he had scrapes to on his head and knee.
“The child was alert and talking, ” the police report stated.
A spokeswoman said the family solicits privacy and has no further comment on the investigation.
University of Dayton law professor Lori Shaw said child endangering instances are involved and fact-specific. She said Ohio law requires that the accused be found “reckless” and to have disclosed small children to “substantial risk, ” or a strong possibility of harm.
Police exhausted 911 videotapes on Wednesday highlighting the distraction and terror in the moments when the boy plunged into the gorilla exhibit.
“He’s dragging my son! I can’t watch this! ” a woman says in the 911 call on Saturday. As she alleges for help, she shouts at her son frequently: “Be calm! “
A record of police entitles pictures nine instants overtaken between the first disaster call about the boy falling into the paddock and when the child was safe.
The police report states that witnesses said the gorilla initially appeared to be protecting the child, but after observers began screaming, he grew “agitated and scared” and began dragging the child.
The boy’s family has expressed gratitude to the zoo for protecting his life.