Feds: Barrier in Cincinnati Zoo gorilla exhibit where boy, 3, fell did not meet US standards

CINCINNATI — A federal inspection of the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla enclosure concluded that the fencing was not in compliance with standards for housing primates the day a 3-year-old boy fell into the exhibit and a gorilla named Harambe was fatally shot.

The inspection report stated that the zoo's dangerous-animal response team properly followed procedure by shooting the the 17-year-old gorilla, concluding the child was in "life-threatening danger."

On May 28, zoo visitors called 911 when a boy fell into the gorilla enclosure. The boy was dragged by the gorilla as his mother stood above and workers attempted to rescue him.

The zoo quickly made adjustments to the barrier after the incident by making it taller and installed nylon mesh to close gaps. A U.S. Agriculture Department spokeswoman said the investigation is ongoing and the latest conclusion could lead to fines or other disciplinary action.