Small child falls into gorilla enclosure at zoo

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say a young child fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and has been taken to the hospital.

Cincinnati Police Lt. Steve Saunders said the child is about 3 years old and fell on Saturday afternoon. The child isn’t believed to have life-threatening injuries. Saunders says zookeepers reportedly used a tranquilizer on a gorilla as the child was rescued.

He referred all questions to zoo officials, who didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Saunders said the child was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. A hospital spokesman said he had no information to release. Authorities haven’t released the child’s name.

The incident was reported around 4 p.m. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the area around the gorilla exhibit was closed off Saturday afternoon after the incident.