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VIDEO: Killing of gorilla to save boy sparks outrage

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A 3-year-old boy slipped into a giant gorilla's pit in Cincinnati, and came face-to-face with the gorilla. 

The boy slipped through the railing and passed wires into the water. The gorilla then picked up the boy and dragged him through the water.

Ten minutes went by before zookeepers decided to use lethal force against the animal. 

The boy was injured but is okay. 

This choice is now stirring outrage across the U.S.

The family of the 3-year-old issued a statement in response to the killing of the animal:

"We are so thankful to the Lord that our child is safe. He is home and doing just fine. We extended our heartfelt thanks for the quick action taken by the Cincinnati zoo staff. We know that this was a very difficult decision for them, and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla." 

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