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Gorilla death highlights vague U.S. zoo safety rules

General June 1, 2016

By Fiona Ortiz and Karen Freifeld CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. zoos are left to decide under vague federal rules how to make animal exhibits safe, occasionally resulting in people getting into enclosures like a child who was rescued from a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, industry officials and experts said. Zoo officials shot dead a critically endangered western lowland gorilla on Saturday after a 4-year-old got into its enclosure. The killing of 450-pound (200-kg), 17-year-old Harambe drew public outrage and questions about safety standards at zoos across the country and may result in criminal charges.Animal and Pet News

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