Three-Year-Old Picked Up by Gorilla Inside Enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- A 3-year-old boy escaped without serious injury after he crawled through a barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo and into a gorilla enclosure, where he was picked up by a 400-pound gorilla, the zoo director said.

After the boy crawled through the barrier Saturday, he fell into a moat, where he was picked up and carried around by the gorilla for about 10 minutes, Zoo Director Thane Maynard said.

The boy was rescued and taken to a hospital, Maynard said. Police said the boy's injuries were non-life-threatening, according to ABC affiliate WCPO-TV.

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old male gorilla was killed by officials at the zoo, Maynard said, because the boy had been in a "life-threatening situation."

Maynard said putting the gorilla down was a "difficult choice," but, "the right choice was made."

Maynard called it "a sad day" at the zoo, but credited the zoo team with saving the young boy's life.

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