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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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Chris Pratt & Anna Faris' Adorable Son Got To Meet The Penguin He Named & It Was TOO Precious!

We have no words.

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris' son, Jack, is too cute. But, you all knew that already.

For example, how could anyone forget the time the tiny tot got to name a penguin chick from the Woodland Park Zoo, and HIGHlariously decided to call it Eagle??

LOL! Seriously the kid is absolutely precious.

Related: Anna Talks About Raising A Kid In Hollywood!

Well it turns out that story isn't exactly over! In fact, the three-year-old took a trip to the zoo to actually meet Eagle face-to-beak!

And luckily for us, the whole thing was caught on camera, and the boy's momma decided to share the flawless photos on Twitter!

Ch-ch-check them out (below)!

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Aquarium Scraps Their Plans For Valentine's Day Octopus Sex, Blames It On Cannibalism!

Filed under: Love LineSexAnimal RightsZooCrazzzzyBreakupsViral: Animals

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Life's tough when you're an octopus lookin' for a date.

Kong is a 70-pound male octopus living at the Seattle Aquarium and, as is tradition every Valentine's Day at the conservation center, the eight-tentacled creature was all set to get hooked up with a female mate.

Now, unfortunately for Kong, that tradition was scrapped — and it's all due to cannibalism concerns!

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See, every year at the aquarium, marine biologists have traditionally held an octopus "blind date," where they mate a male octopus with a new female to make some babies.

This year, Kong is the male octopus, but because he

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Carrie Underwood's Little Boy Made A New Furry Friend! See The Sweet Snap HERE!

This picture is too cute!

We bet Carrie Underwood is bummed she missed this outing with her baby boy!

On Tuesday, the blonde beauty was hard at work while her son, Isaiah Fisher, spent the day at the zoo, making a new furry friend!

Related: Ryan Seacrest Thinks Carrie Is The Best American Idol!

During the fun-filled festivities, the tiny tyke seemed to be awestruck by a beautiful tiger in one of the exhibits!

Luckily for the momma-of-one, the whole thing was caught on camera! The gorgeous gal even shared the sweet snap (above) on Instagram, so the whole world could relish in her little guy's cuteness!

She captioned the precious pic:

"While Mommy was at work today, the little man made a new friend!"

This is just TOO cute! We love that Isaiah had such a good time at the zoo, and that even though Carrie couldn't be there, she still got to see snippets of his exciting adventure!

[Image via Carrie Underwood/Instagram, Apega/WENN.]

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World's Fastest Land Animal Has Died — Learn About Sarah The Cheetah's Speed Records, Canine Friends, & All-Around Amazing Life!

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She lived such an amazing — and fast — life!

The Cincinnati Zoo announced on Friday that their world famous cheetah Sarah was euthanized due to a "diminishing quality of life" at 15 years old earlier this week.

Related: These Unlikely Zoo BFFs Are SO Cute!

The average lifespan of a cheetah is 8-12 years, so Sarah lived a very long life — but it was all about what she did with that life that's making headlines!

In 2009, she set the world speed record for land mammals, when she was clocked sprinting 100 meters in just 6.13 seconds!

For a frame of reference: the fastest human in the world, Usain Bolt, set the mark at that same distance for people at 9.58 seconds, so Sarah was FAST!

The amazing cheetah got going as fast as 61 miles per hour on that record-setting run — but she wasn't done yet!

Three years later,

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