An Ohio prosecutor has revealed he won’t be laying charges against the mother of the little boy who climbed into the gorilla enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo.
The three-year-old attracted worldwide headlines after he climbed over the exhibit barrier and fell 4.5 metres into a moat, forcing keepers to fatally shoot a 200kg silverback western lowland gorilla that picked him up and dragged him through the shallow water.
The child survived with scrapes and bruises.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the mother of the boy was looking after three other children at the time of the incident, and that her actions were “not even close” to warranting child endangerment charges.
“If anyone doesn’t believe a three-year-old can scamper off very quickly,” Deters said, “they’ve never had kids because they can, and they do.”
In a statement quoted in The New York Times, the family said it was pleased with the decision not to prosecute.