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Animal Experts Jack Hanna & Jeff Corwin Weigh In On Cincinnati Zoo's Decision To Shoot Rare Gorilla To Save A Child

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We still can't believe this all really happened.

As you may have seen, officials at the Cincinnati Zoo were forced to kill a rare, 17-year-old silverback gorilla on Saturday after a 3-year-old boy fell into its habitat.

Harambe was unfortunately shot and killed in order to protect the boy, and may animal lovers are blaming the zoo for not first trying to use tranquilizer darts.

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However, many animal experts are actually coming forward to defend the Ohio facility for saving the child's life, including celebrity zoologists Jack Hanna and Jeff Corwin!

Jack issued a statement to CBS News shortly after the incident, saying:

"I agree 1,000 percent they made the right decision. A human being is alive today because of the decision the Cincinnati Zoo made."

The Columbus Zoo Director Emeritus went on to say that the child's mother should be held responsible for allowing her son to get lost, and that the Zoo did everything in their power.

Late night fave Jeff Corwin had a similar reaction when speaking to CNN over the weekend, saying:

"You should be watching your kids in a zoological environment. When you go to these places, the Zoo is not your babysitter — you have a responsibility."

We couldn't agree more!

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Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard also complimented his staff's actions in a press conference after Harambe's death, saying:

"That child's life was in danger. People who question that don't understand you can't take a risk with a silverback gorilla — this is a dangerous animal."

We still hate that a magnificent creature had to die, but we are glad the 3-year-old boy is okay.

Do U think the Cincinnati Zoo made the right decision??

[Image via CNN and Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

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