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Cincinnati Zoo Builds Higher Barriers & Reopens Gorilla Exhibit After Harambe's Tragic Death

The zoo is improving its safety precautions after Harambe's death.

The Cincinnati Zoo's Gorilla World exhibit has reopened for the first time since the tragic death of Harambe the Gorilla.

Late last month, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla was shot and killed after a toddler fell into the enclosure. Officials said tranquilizing the animal would agitate it, so the best thing for the child's safety was to end the creature's life.

The beautiful primate's killing caused quite a bit of controversy, as people began to criticize the kid's parents, as well as the zoo's protocols.

Related: Celebs React To Harambe's Death

And after a police investigation revealed the tiny tot's mother would not be charged over the incident, zoo director Thane Maynard has decided it's time open up the exhibit once again, telling Cincinnati.com:

"It's been a very difficult time, as you can imagine, with the loss of Harambe…. Losing Harambe is just like losing a family member. People that work at zoos care about their animals very much. And so we are leaning on each other and sticking together, but of course it is time to move on and to see gorillas again."

But he didn't just reopen Gorilla World. Mr. Maynard and his team put in a new, taller, barrier that has wood beams at the top and bottom, as well as netting in between.

The zoo has also installed three security cameras.

And even though Thane increased the enclosure's safety measures, he defended their old perimeter, saying:

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Eyewitness Defends Mother Of Boy Who Fell In Gorilla Enclosure! See What She Said AND Listen To The Chilling 911 Call!

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A 4-year-old boy found his way into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, which resulted in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old silverback gorilla Harambe.

The boy's mother Michelle Gregg is currently being investigated by police — not to mention being mercilessly shamed on the internet for neglectful parenting.

But amid the public outcry, an eyewitness to the horrific incident is now speaking out in defense of the boy's mother!

Related: How Will Harambe's Death Affect The Other Zoo Gorillas?

After capturing the "tragedy" on film, Kim O'Conner thinks of the gorilla's death as just a "horrible accident," explaining:

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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.

Related: Wrong Mom Attacked On Facebook Over Harambe's Death

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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Wrong Mom Attacked On Facebook Over The Death Of Harambe The Gorilla! See The Classy Way She Handled It!

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After not paying close attention to her kid at the Cincinnati Zoo resulted in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old gorilla, Michelle Gregg has become quite a controversial figure.

On Saturday, Gregg's unsupervised 4-year-old son fell into the enclosure of Harambe the silverback gorilla, who was shot and killed by zoo officials over concern for the child's safety.

While many understood this tragedy could have been prevented, some opinionated critics took it upon themselves to personally threaten the boy's mother on Facebook.

Related: Jane Goodall Responds To The Death Of Harambe The Gorilla!

But in the typical fashion of the vociferous online community, the angry accusers didn't stop to make sure they were coming at the right mom with their pitchforks.

That's right — a totally unrelated Michelle Gregg has been receiving angry messages from people who didn't bother to check if they had the right person before firing off a string of hateful threats and ill-wishes.

While the real Gregg reportedly deleted her social media presence after defending her actions on Facebook, the other Gregg changed her profile picture to a photo of herself with her son, with large letters:

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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!

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.

Related: Donald Trump Weighs In On Harambe's Death

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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