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Thursday, 2 June 2016
Astonishing new footage shows gorilla 'PROTECTING' boy and holding his hand before being shot dead
Cincinnati Zoo workers shot dead Harambe, a 17-year-old silverback gorilla, out of fear that he would hurt Isaiah Dickerson - but latest footage suggests he was NOT in danger
Astonishing new footage how Harambe the gorilla was protecting a four-year-old boy who fell into his cage - minutes before he was shot dead.
Moments later, the gorilla was fatally shot in a bid to protect the boy, Isaiah, who had fallen 12 feet into the enclosure.
Harambe, a 17-year-old silverback gorilla, was shot dead by Cincinnati zookeepers who feared for the child's safety.
However, eyewitnesses to the incident on Saturday have claimed the gorilla was showing no aggressive behaviour towards the boy.
It is claimed that screams from those watching the unfolding situation panicked Harambe, causing him to drag Isaiah at a quick speed across the water. In one moment, the gorilla even appears to wrap his arms around the boy.
At one point Isaiah and Harambe even appear to briefly hold hands.
“There were no signs of the gorilla being aggressive in the sense that he wanted to hurt the boy or anything like that.
“The biggest threat to the boy I would say is obviously when the gorilla moved and dragged him, that could have caused some harm, but the gorilla’s body language is definitely protective.”
In the latest video from the dramatic scene in Cincinnati, Ohio, the boy is seen sitting calmly next to the massive animal.
In one moment, the gorilla even appears to wrap his arms around the boy.
At one point the boy and gorilla even appear to briefly hold hands.
Emily continued: “I would speculate that the boy is a new stimulus, he’s something novel.
“The gorillas would never have seen a child at such close quarters.
“The child obviously wasn’t posing any threat to the gorillas so there’s no need to attack him and I think it’s fortunate for the boy that one gorilla came over and effectively shielded him and kept the other gorillas away.
“I think it looks mostly like a case of extreme interest by the gorillas.”
The boy's mother Michelle has faced criticism for social media users and animal rights campaigners, who claim she should have been keeping a closer eye on her child.