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A gorilla is shot dead, but a bear is spared when patrons enter zoo exhibits

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 01:34

When patrons enter zoo exhibits, an endangered gorilla is shot, but a bear at another zoo is spared, as we look at the week's animal news. Diane Hodges reports.

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We begin this week's animal wrap with a sad story... Zoo workers in Cincinnati were forced to shoot a 17-year-old Lowland gorilla named Harambe, after a 4-year-old boy slipped through a fence and into the exhibit. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ZOO DIRECTOR THANE MAYNARD, SAYING: "Harambe, our 17 year old Gorilla, male, who was a great big animal, 400 pounds, went down and got him and carried him up into the moat, was moving him around. And it seemed very much by our professional team, our dangerous animal response team, to be a life threatening situation." The boy was taken to a hospital, treated and released. The situation ended very differently when a man reached into the bear exhibit at the Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot, North Dakota. The man, and a friend, slipped into the zoo in the middle of the night, and coaxed one of the brown bears over to the bars. It came, and bit him on the hand. Zoo veterinarians are now monitoring the health of the bears. The two men have been charged with felony trespassing. We don't know why the mother of these ducklings was trying to cross the road, but her babies ended up in a storm drain in southern California. Animal control workers rescued them and took them to a new home at a wildlife refuge. Finally, zoo workers in Dallas welcomed a very special baby. This little male African elephant calf was born to an elephant at the zoo that was rescued from drought plagued Swaziland earlier this year. Zoo staff described his birth as "uneventful" ... welcome news after fears the pregnancy was affected by the move from Swaziland to Dallas. And those are the top animal stories of the week.

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A gorilla is shot dead, but a bear is spared when patrons enter zoo exhibits

Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 01:34