One of the most publicized shootings of a zoo animal came in 2016 at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. On May 28, 2016, a three-year-old boy climbed into a gorilla enclosure and was grabbed by the gorilla inside, Harambe.
Harambe proceeded to drag the boy around the enclosure before an employee shot and killed the animal. The incident was caught on tape and was widely criticized.
Zoo officials stood by their actions. They said Harambe was “clearly agitated and clearly disoriented” and “acting erratically” towards the boy, according to Fox News.
Now, for the first time since the tragic shooting, the Cincinnati Zoo is celebrating the newest addition to their organization. The zoo is welcoming Mshindi, a 29-year-old silverback gorilla.
Mshindi was previously living at a zoo in Louisville, Kentucky. She is going to be joining the two the gorillas who are still currently living at the Cincinnati zoo.
“We worked closely with Louisville Zoo’s gorilla staff to learn Mshindi’s trained behaviors for body presentations and health exams to get familiar with his likes and dislikes,” Ron Evans, Curator of Primates at the zoo, told Fox 19.
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