LISTEN: Mother’s 911 Call Before Gorilla Death Released

A mother whose three-year-old son fell into a gorilla enclosure is heard pleading for help in a 911 call released by police – SCROLL DOWN TO LISTEN…gorillaThe woman, identified in US media as Michelle Gregg, repeatedly tells her son to “be calm” during the incident at Cincinnati Zoo. But her panic is evident when addressing the operator.  She is heard saying: “My son fell in with the gorilla. There’s a male gorilla standing over him. I need someone to contact the zoo please.” She goes on: “He’s grabbing my son. I can’t watch this. I can’t watch.”

Within nine minutes of the first call the zoo’s dangerous animal response team shot and killed the 200kg gorilla to protect the boy.  The killing of Harambe prompted anger around the world, with the parents reportedly receiving death threats and more than 450,000 people signing a petition calling for them to be investigated.

Meanwhile, the zoo has collected sperm samples from the 17-year-old gorilla – raising hopes he could have posthumous children.