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CINCINNATI — Three days after a 4-year-old boy fell into a gorilla’s exhibit at the Cincinnati zoo which resulted in the animal being shot to death, the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

The news comes as criticism mounts over how the zoo handled the tense situation Saturday, opting to kill the endangered gorilla 17-year-old Harambe.

“This child was being dragged around, his head was banging on concrete,” described Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard. “This was not a gentle thing, the child was at risk.”

Even animal expert Jack Hanna entered the fray.

“It was the right decision made,” he said of the outcome of incident. “There was no other decision to make. You have human life, you have animal life.”

An animal protection watchdog group places the blame on the zoo, while others are taking aim at the boy’s parents, lashing out at them on social media with memes and attacks.

Close to half a million already signed an online petition, calling for the couple to be held responsible.

Back in 1987, Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn was the site of another tragedy where an 11-year-old boy sneaked into the polar bear enclosure.
The child was mauled to death and partially consumed by two polar bears.

In that case, just like the one at the Cincinnati Zoo, the polar bears were shot and killed.

It remains unclear if the zoo or the boy’s mother, who was there with him, will be the focus of the Prosecutor’s investigation.

The child in the middle of it all, said to be doing ok, having suffered only minor injuries.