No information was released about how the child got in there, but he is safe now with non-life-threatening injuries. Even if it looks like the gorilla – named Harambe – was protecting the child, the zoo dangerous response team decided to shot and kill the 17 years old gorilla. They said a tranquilizer would have taken too long and the risk was too big. After the boy felt 10 to 12 feet, he was dragged around for 10 min. The zoo was closed for the day and it was a sad day for them, since Harambe was a western lowland gorilla in a critically endangered species.