Erie zoo talks visitor safety

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After a 4-year-old boy climbed over a three foot wall, made his way through bushes and plunged 15 feet into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, the gorilla was shot and killed.

The video has gone crazy on the internet stirring up controversy everywhere.

At the Erie Zoo Director Scott Mitchell says nothing like this has ever happened here and they do everything they can to make sure everyone is as safe as possible.

Mitchell says the Erie Zoo has had gorillas in the past. That exhibit now houses capybaras.

He says all the other exhibits that house dangerous animals, like the links and tigers, are protected with fence-type enclosures to give zoo goers a close but very safe look at the animals.

Mitchell says if anything were to happen, they have protocols in place. Mitchell says they had the Erie Police Department in last week for routine exercises, tours and information to make sure everyone is well prepared if anything were to happen.

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