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Police release mother's frantic 911 calls for son who fell into gorilla enclosure

Police Wednesday released the 911 calls from the incident at the Cincinatti Zoo. (MGN Online)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The mother of a 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati could be heard telling her boy "be calm, be calm" over and over again -- in newly released 911 calls.

"At the Cincinnati Zoo, my son fell in with the gorillas, there's a male gorilla standing over him. I need someone to contact the zoo, please," the mother said.

"I can't watch this. I cannot."

At least one person is heard trying to quiet the crowd on another 9-1-1 call. She tells the dispatcher, "I can't get them to be quiet."

"He's taking the baby into the cave. Oh my God. He's just kind of holding him right now," says another caller. "He's dragging him from one end to the other. Oh my God."

"He has him by the shirt, going back and forth," one of the callers then alerts 9-1-1 when Cincinnati firefighters and zoo personnel are there.

At least five others called to report the incident to police. One woman urged police to "hurry... hurry!"

"The gorillas are out," the unidentified caller said.

Another woman said "everyone is screaming," as onlookers watched Harambe, a 17-year-old, 400 pound gorilla pull the 3-year-old boy across the surface of the water.

"He's got the baby and he's still alive but he's dragging him from one end to the other," the caller continued.

An unidentified zoo employee could be heard on another call relaying information to fire and rescue personnel as an operation was underway to get the boy away from the gorilla.


This story will be updated.


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