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How Will Harambe's Death Affect The Other Cincinnati Zoo Gorillas? See What An Expert Has To Say!

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Gorillas are remarkably similar to humans, which means they cope with loss the same way we do.

This rings especially true for the remaining gorillas living at the Cincinnati Zoo, who experts say will need emotional support in the wake of the death of 17-year-old silverback gorilla Harambe on Saturday.

Dr. Penny Patterson — co-founder of The Gorilla Foundation — says the great apes could face a "classic sort of human depression" following the tragic loss.

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The animal psychologist began her studies in 1972 with a 1-year-old western lowland gorilla Koko, who used sign language to express her grief after suffering multiple losses over the years.

Patterson remembered:

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Cincinnati Police Are Reviewing The Actions Of That Little Boy's Parents While Investigating Harambe The Gorilla's Death!

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Could there be justice for Harambe the Gorilla?

On Saturday, the silverback gorilla was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after three-year-old Isiah Dickerson fell into the animal's enclosure.

Zoo director Thane Maynard explained that officials were concerned for the toddler's safety after the endangered animal began dragging him through the habitat, and defended the decision to put him down by arguing that tranquilizers don't go into effect immediately and would only make the large primate agitated.

Related: Jane Goodall Sounds Off On Harambe's Death

But amid outcry over the animal's assassination, the Cincinnati PD has decided to look into the circumstances surrounding the ape's death, and they have their sights sets on Isiah's parents, Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson!

The cops are

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Famous Primatologist Jane Goodall Responds To The Death Of Harambe The Gorilla!

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Here's what Jane has to say.

Another expert is speaking out.

Over the weekend, celebrity zoologists Jack Hanna and Jeff Corwin opened up about the controversial killing of Harambe the Gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday.

Zoo officials fatally shot the 17-year-old silverback gorilla after three-year-old Isiah Dickerson fell into his enclosure, and they began to fear for the kid's safety.

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Video of the scary situation has since surfaced on the internet, showing the endangered animal dragging the toddler through the habitat as he ran around, but other shots portrayed the primate behaving protectively towards the youngster.

And even famed primatologist Jane Goodall noticed that Harambe didn't seem to be acting violently.

On Monday, the Jane Goodall Institue released an email that the 82-year-old sent to Cincinnati Zoo's director Thane Maynard on Sunday, and the UK native revealed that she doesn't believe the gorilla had any intention of harming the toddler, writing:

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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:

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Rare Gorilla Shot And Killed By Zookeepers To Protect Four-Year-Old Boy That Climbed Into His Enclosure

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This is awful.

Officials at the Cincinnati Zoo were forced to shoot and kill a rare 400-pound western lowland gorilla after a four-year-old boy climbed through a railing and fell into a moat in the animal's enclosure on Saturday.

The gorilla — named Harambe — wasn't directly attacking the child, but officials still felt that for the child's safety, it was the most important thing to take out the gorilla to save the little boy.

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Harambe, who had turned seventeen years old on Friday, was dragging the boy around the enclosure, and officials believe that even though he wasn't attacking the child — and the gorilla encountered the kid through no fault of its own, of course — something bad could have happened.

Thayne Maynard, the zoo's director, told reporters that they interpreted Harambe's movements as threatening, saying:

"It's a sad day all around. They made a tough choice and they made the right choice, because they saved that little boy's life. It could have been very bad … all sorts of things could happen."

Social media users from all over snapped video of the incident, including some — that do not show the fatal shot being fired — below:

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Watch As Completely CRAY Woman Jumps Into A Tiger Enclosure At The Zoo — Just To Retrieve Her Hat!

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This is unbelievable!!!

On Saturday, video was posted to YouTube showing a woman jumping into the tiger enclosure at the Toronto Zoo in order to retrieve a hat she had dropped — which, in and of itself, would have been crazy enough!

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It gets even better, though, because not only was the tiger there and REALLY ready to hunt — a thin chain-link fence was all that separated woman and beast once she jumped in — but after the lady climbed back out of the enclosure, she got in a fight with other zoo guests over her actions!

Ch-ch-check it out (below), all going down from the initial jump into the enclosure, to two men loudly and repeatedly calling the woman a 'moron' for her actions because, well…

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