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Memorial Day: When and Where People Died Fighting for America

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At least 1.2 million people have died fighting for America during its wars dating back 241 years, according to Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs data.

Most died in battle, while many others never landed abroad but are no less honored on this Memorial Day.

Here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown of when and where they died, as of May 27, starting with the American Revolution:

American Revolution (1775-1783)

Battle Deaths: 4,435

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

Battle Deaths: 2,260

Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)

Battle Deaths (VA estimate): 1,000

Mexican War (1846-1848)

Battle Deaths: 1,733

Other Deaths (In Theater): 11,550

Civil War (1861-1865)

Battle Deaths (Union): 140,414

Other Deaths (In Theater)(Union): 224,097

Battle Deaths (Confederate): 74,524

Other Deaths (In Theater)(Confederate): 59,297

Spanish-American War (1898-1902)

Battle Deaths: 385

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 2,061

World War I (1917-1918)

Battle Deaths: 53,402

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 63,114

World War II (1941 –1945)

Battle Deaths: 291,557

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 113,842

Korean War (1950-1953)

Battle Deaths: 33,739

Other Deaths (In Theater): 2,835

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 17,672

Vietnam War (1964-1975)

Battle Deaths: 47,434

Other Deaths (In Theater): 10,786

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 32,000

(These cover period 11/1/55 to 5/15/75)

Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)

Battle Deaths: 148

Other Deaths (In Theater): 235

Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 1,565

Global War on Terror, including Iraq and Afghanistan (Oct 2001 – present)

Total Deaths: 6,888.

In addition to those, the State Department Office of the Historian lists the Philippine-American War, 1899 to 1902, citing the deaths of more than 4,200 U.S. combatants.

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Computer Outage at JFK Airport Causes Delays

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A computer outage triggered delays at one of the country’s busiest airports, during one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.

A server crash at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport stalled operations at Terminal Seven Sunday, according to Neal Buccino, a spokesman for the Port Authority.

@mysterzip @ABC7NYNewsDesk apologies for the combined pic folks, check the crowds outside! pic.twitter.com/n5XogtxGhT

— Tristan Stark (@tritto) May 30, 2016

Buccino said the problem started at 4 p.m. Sunday when a computer system used to check in passengers began to malfuntion.

He added the outage was not a TSA issue, but caused by a private server.

Some customers tweeted that they were being checked in by hand, and issued hand-written boarding passes instead.

How do international airlines respond to a massive tech crash? Back to basics. #Terminal7 #JFK #honeymoon pic.twitter.com/lJEBnRgzPI

— Sarah Pels (@spelsasaurus) May 29, 2016

Another customer tweeted a letter they received from Cathay Pacific airlines, saying the computer check-in system was affected by an outage at Verizon.

Glad I got to the airport early. Delay at #JFK in #Terminal7. cc: @cathaypacific pic.twitter.com/uFoGmykVxq

— Jacky Chui (@jackymchui) May 29, 2016

Roughly 1,500 people were waiting to be checked in during the height of the crash, according to Buccino.

Buccino said the Port Authority Police Department had deployed officers to monitor the situation.

British Airways, which operates Terminal Seven, said in a statement issued to ABC News that the problem had been resolved overnight and apologized for the system outage.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers last night, as a result of a system outage at New York JFK airport,” according to the statement. “The system providers worked overnight to resolve the issues, and things are now running again as normal.”

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Suspect in Georgia Traffic Stop Shooting ‘Told His Mom He Had Killed a Deputy,’ Sheriff Says

Russell County Sheriff’s Office(ATLANTA) — The man accused of shooting a Harris County, Georgia, deputy at a traffic stop turned himself in after he allegedly “told his mom he had killed a deputy,” Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley told ABC News.

After the shooting in Georgia Saturday evening that left Harris County Deputy Jamie White in the hospital, the suspected gunman, Joe Lee Garrett, drove home to Alabama, where he allegedly confessed to his parents and his girlfriend, Jolley said. Jolley said Garrett thought he had killed the deputy.

Garrett, 24, then turned himself in to the Phoenix City Police in Alabama, according to Jolley and Sheriff Heath Taylor in Russell County, Alabama.

The shooting happened at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when White pulled Garrett over for speeding, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. Garrett was driving with two passengers in the car, according to the sheriff’s office.

White was holding Garrett’s license and had been talking to him for about seven minutes when Garrett allegedly pulled a pistol and shot White, according to a statement from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

White had been bent down talking to Garrett at the time of the shooting, Jolley said.

Garrett then took his driver’s license back and drove away, the sheriff’s office said.

Jolley, who told ABC News he visited White in the hospital Sunday, said White is not in life-threatening condition, but, “we’re being told he’ll lose his left eye.”

For White, a married father of two, law enforcement runs in the family — his dad is a retired officer, Jolley said.

White “always wanted to be a law enforcement officer because his father was in it,” Jolley said. “Now, of course, his future is a little undecided.”

The sheriff’s office reported that Garrett admitted to the shooting in police interviews but refused to identify the passengers in the car.

Garrett is being held at the Russell County Sheriff’s Office jail. After a court hearing Monday, he will be transported to Harris County where he will be charged with aggravated assault on a police officer; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; obstruction; possession of a firearm during a felony; and fleeing and attempting to elude, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

A woman, Lytishia Horace, was also taken into custody in connection with the case, both sheriffs said, though her involvement was not immediately clear.

Jolley said he’s glad Garrett turned himself in.

“If he still had the weapon and law enforcement had gone to arrest him, he could have injured other law enforcement officers, other citizens or himself,” Jolley said.

“The deputy was doing his job by making a traffic stop for speeding. He was saving Garrett’s life by slowing him [down],” Jolley said. “Garrett pulled a weapon and shot him in the face for doing what all law enforcement do every day.”

Sheriff Heath Taylor of Russell County, Alabama, where Garrett is being held and is scheduled to appear in court Monday, said he does not know if Garrett has an attorney.

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Zoo Witness: Gorilla Was ‘Protecting’ 4-Year-Old, ‘Wasn’t Hurting Him’

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden(CINCINNATI) — A witness present at the Cincinnati Zoo says the 450-pound gorilla that was shot and killed after a 4-year-old boy fell into his enclosure was not “hurting” the boy, but instead seemed to be “protecting him.”

“The little boy, once he fell, I don’t think the gorilla even knew that he was in there until he heard him splashing in the water,” Brittany Nicely told ABC News on Sunday, explaining that zoogoers’ screams drew more attention to the Saturday afternoon incident.

“The gorilla rushed the boy, but did not hit the boy,” Nicely said. “He almost was guarding the boy, was protecting him.”

Video obtained by ABC News shows the gorilla dragging the small boy through the water in the enclosure, and the zoo said that the fire department reported that “the gorilla was violently dragging and throwing the child.”

The boy was hospitalized and released Saturday, zoo officials said Sunday. Police said the boy’s injuries were non-life-threatening, according to ABC affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.

Zoo officials said after the boy crawled through a public barrier at Gorilla World at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, he fell about 15 feet into a moat that contained about 1 foot of water. He was then picked up and carried around by the male gorilla, named Harambe.

Nicely said the gorilla was “hovering over him… Like he was his own.”

“The gorilla wasn’t hitting him, wasn’t hurting him. He was curious. He was checking him out, looking at his hands,” she said. “The gorilla was not, in my eyes being harmful. However, it is a 400-pound gorilla … so his intentions of not harming him still may have because of the size difference.”

A Cincinnati Zoo employee shot the gorilla with a rifle when the child was in between his legs, and zoo employees then unlocked the gate and firefighters quickly retrieved the child.

“We are heartbroken about losing Harambe, but a child’s life was in danger and a quick decision had to be made by our Dangerous Animal Response Team,” Zoo Director Thane Maynard said in a statement Sunday.

“With the child still in the exhibit, tranquilizing the 450-pound gorilla was not an option,” Maynard said. “Tranquilizers do not take effect for several minutes and the child was in imminent danger. On top of that, the impact from the dart could agitate the animal and cause the situation to get much worse.”

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1 Dead, 6 Wounded in Houston Shooting; 1 Suspect Killed

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — One person was killed and five others, including two police officers, were wounded in Houston Sunday after two men opened fire with what officials said were high powered weapons.

One of the suspects was killed, though it was yet clear who shot him, and a second was wounded after a SWAT team responded, police said.

“One of the suspects was shot and he has expired. We believe he was shot by the other suspect, and the other suspect was eventually shot by one of the SWAT officers when a SWAT team responded,” Houston Interim Police Chief Martha Montalvo said.

“The suspect had high powered weapons, AR 15s that they were using, that they were able to actually shoot at a helicopter,” she said.

Police received a call about an active shooter at 10:15 a.m., and when the first officer arrived, he was met by a gunman shooting at his vehicle, Montalvo said.

“A suspect shot at the responding officer several times on his windshield,” Montalvo said. “By the grace, you know, of God, he did not sustain any injuries.”

With the suspects shooting at responding officers and even at a police helicopter overhead, a SWAT team was quickly called in, and the area was cordoned off.

“We do not have a motive at this time,” the police chief said. “This is still ongoing, and we’re trying to ask the same thing — what happened.”

She said investigators were in the process of identifying the suspects, whom she described as white or Hispanic males.

“We don’t know what started this, but what we do know is they were shooting randomly … just at whoever came upon the scene,” she said.

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Mandatory Evacuation Issued for Rosenberg, Texas, As Floods Turn Deadly

iStock/THinkstock(ROSENBERG, Texas) — A second Texas city will force residents to evacuate their homes on Sunday, as rising flood waters from the Brazos River turned deadly over the weekend.

Surging water levels prompted officials in Rosenberg, a town in Fort Bend county, approximately 35 miles south of Houston, to issue a mandatory evacuation starting today at 2 p.m. local time. According to the 2010 census, 31,676 people live in the area.

Mayor Cynthia McConathy signed orders declaring a state of disaster for the city of Rosenberg on Saturday, according to the evacuation notice on the city’s website.

A shelter is being set up for residents on the grounds of a church located in the nearby city of Richmond, Texas.

State authorities announced Saturday evening that four people had died in the flooding, which stemmed from heavy rains that started on Thursday, and have persisted throughout Memorial Day weekend.

Another town in the state, Simonton, which is home to fewer than 1,000 people, also ordered a mandatory evacuation on Saturday at 10 a.m. due to the heavy rains. The Brazos River was expected to reach record levels and crest at more than 53 feet by Tuesday, officials said, who predicted the flooding would break records.

On Saturday, NASA astronaut Terry Virts tweeted a photo of the Brazos River from space.

Rain rain go away- the Brazos River, just northwest of #Houston #houstonflood pic.twitter.com/OXRMyLrRy3

— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) May 28, 2016

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10,000 Flags Planted on National Mall to Commemorate Our Nation’s Heroes

Joy Lin/ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Mary Alice Horrigan stood in a knee-deep sea of 10,000 U.S. flags planted on the National Mall — each one representing 100 American soldiers killed in action — a total of over one million fallen heroes since the founding of the United States.

Among them was her son, Army Master Sgt. Robert M. Horrigan, who was killed by hostile fire in Iraq on June 17, 2005 at the age of 40, just a few weeks shy of his return date and already in the process of retirement after 20 years of military service.

“Robert volunteered for the mission that he died in,” his mother told ABC News on Friday. “His team said, ‘Don’t go, you don’t want to go, you don’t need to go.’ And he said, ‘I’m not only going, I’m leading it.'”

Mary expected her son to come back, as the Delta Force commando had done so many times before, having been sent on multiple missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. But this time, he was the first to enter a room where, she says, “the people who they were trying to apprehend knew they were coming.”

Robert was posthumously awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and the Purple Heart.

Master Sgt. Horrigan’s ultimate sacrifice inspired the founding of the Austin-based non-profit Operation Honor Our Heroes, which has been shepherded by a small group of volunteers. Memorial Day weekend marks the first time they are planting flags in the nation’s capital, many of them bearing photos of the recently fallen.

“We wanted people to see the human face of war, not just a flag, but the face of a person who died in that war,” said Mary, whose friend Nancy Glass founded the organization and has helped her work through her grief.

Gazing out over the tidy rows of red, white, and blue flags, located just south of the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean War Memorial, Mary ruminated over the totality of all that has been lost.

“Some of them would come back and be lawyers, doctors, maybe discover a cure for cancer, or go to the moon, and they were cut down before they could do that,” she said, of the fallen soldiers. “I mean, my son served 20 years, yes, but some of those kids didn’t serve six months.”

“People will forget because it isn’t their family, their husband, their brother, their son,” she said. “But Gold Star families will never forget, and what we hope to do is just show them the human face of war.”

To find out how you can get involved with Operation Honor Our Heroes, visit www.honorheroes.org.

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Teenager Scares off Suspected Burglars in Her Home After They Found Her Hiding in a Closet

Marion County Correctional Facility(MARION COUNTY, Ore.) — An Oregon teen is being praised for her bravery after she scared off two suspected burglars who broke into her family’s house this week.

Jensen Clark, 18, of Marion County, was home alone on Wednesday when she was surprised by a knock on the door, she told ABC News. Clark said she didn’t really think anything of it until she started hearing frantic doorbell ringing.

The teen said she then immediately texted her mother, Gena Young, who wrote back, “Don’t answer.”

Young then called 911. The call was a total of 12 minutes long, but Young told ABC News it felt like two hours.

“I just got a call from my teenage daughter that someone is trying to get into our house,” Young can be heard saying in the audio of the 911 call obtained by ABC News.

Clark said that she peeked through closed window blinds and noticed a man and woman moving away from the house toward a shed. The two took a few items and placed them in a car before approaching the house again, Clark added.

The teen texted her mom again, saying that the two had now entered the house and that she was hiding in a closet under a blanket. Young continued to relay the information she was getting from her daughter to the 911 dispatcher.

After a few minutes, the 18-year-old said she heard the door open to the room she was in.

“They’re in dads room,” Clark wrote in a text to her mom. “I love you so much mommy.”

A few seconds later, Clark added, “They found me.”

At this point, Young can be heard shouting on the phone with the 911 dispatcher. “Oh my god! They’re in her room! They’re in her room!” she screamed.

When the two suspects opened the closet and lifted the blanket, Clark yelled, “Get out of my house,” and both suspects ran to their waiting vehicle, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies later caught and arrested the suspects with the help of information Clark gave them, the sheriff’s office said in a statement to ABC News. Tiffany Wicke, 38, and Jestahn Jackson, 37, were charged with burglary in the first degree and taken to the Marion County Jail, the sheriff’s office said.

“The Sheriff’s Office would like to commend the victim in this case for taking action to protect herself and assist the Sheriff’s Office in capturing the two suspects. Calls for service like this are some of the scariest situations a resident can face and in this case the victim did everything right to protect herself and aide in the capture of Ms. Wicke and Mr. Jackson.”

Jackson and Wicke were released from jail this morning because the Marion County Jail had reached its capacity and officers were “forced to release them in lieu of releasing more dangerous offenders,” Marion County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chris Baldridge told ABC News.

A Marion County Courthouse spokeswoman told ABC News today that Jackson and Wicke have not yet entered a plea to the charge against them and that they are scheduled to be arraigned on June 7 and June 8, respectively.

Jackson’s attorney, Gale Rieder, and Wicke’s attorney, Frederick Burt, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.

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What Life Is Like in Flint, Michigan, Three Years Into the Water Crisis

iStock/Thinkstock(FLINT, Mich.) — For Jacob Uhrek and his five children, every sip of water, every boiled pot of noodles, every drop of water to brush his teeth comes from the same source as it has for the more than two years: bottled water.

“We bathe with filtered water,” Uhrek, who lives in Flint, Michigan, told ABC News. “We still don’t drink or cook,” non-bottled water.

Flint has been in the headlines for months now after elevated lead levels were found in the municipal water system last year: President Obama visited the city earlier this month and drank the water to show that the water is safe to drink as long as residents use filters; celebrities held a fundraising concert on Oscar night; and three state officials are facing criminal charges over the water crisis.

Elevated lead levels were found in the Flint water supply after the city disconnected from Detroit’s water supply and began drawing its water from the Flint River in April 2014. It was intended as a stop-gap measure until the completion of a pipeline to Port Huron Lake as the source for Flint’s municipal water.

But it was later discovered that lead from the old pipes had begun to leach into the water due to improper treatment of the water from the Flint River. And even though the supply was switched back to the Detroit water supply in October, the anti-corrosive chemicals that were used to stop the leaching have not yet been able to bring down the lead levels in unfiltered water, according to state officials.

Lead is a known neurotoxin and is particularly harmful to young children whose neurological systems are still developing. Early lead exposure can have a lifetime of consequences, including lowered IQ, behavioral issues and developmental delays among others, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For residents dealing with the crisis day to day, life hasn’t returned to normal. Uhrek said his family uses filtered water to bathe but for drinking and cooking, they’re still using bottled water. Fortunately, none of his five children have tested positive for high lead levels, he said.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services advised that residents could drink filtered water as long as they were over the age of 6 and not pregnant.

Uhrek said he’s frustrated with what he feels has been a slow government response to the crisis, he also said he’s been impressed by how local community members have come together, citing a nearby church that has kept up water donations after a local water supply station closed.

“The community is pulling together. We’re seeing actual change but it’s in the people,” Uhrek said. “We’re going to make it through.”

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a local pediatrician, has been studying the lead levels in children in the community for years and helped draw attention to the crisis by publishing a paper finding children in Flint had significantly higher lead levels than their counterparts in surrounding areas after the water source was changed. Hanna-Attisha has been advocating for and talking about Flint for more than a year, but said the community still lacks long-term support.

“This is unlike any other disaster,” Hanna-Attisha told ABC News. “The impact of [this] disaster will last for decades and maybe generations. We have yet to garner the long-term [financial] help.”

One major difficulty will be trying to determine just how many children were exposed to elevated lead levels and who is most at risk, she said. Children are normally not tested for lead levels until they’re a year old, however, a fetus can be exposed in utero or an infant during their first few months of life if their parents used tap water to give them formula.

Congress has yet to pass funding to help alleviate the water crisis in Flint or to help children who were exposed to high levels of lead. In the Senate, a bipartisan bill has been proposed that includes more than $200 million in federal funding to help children and others affected by the Flint water crisis, but currently there is no vote scheduled on the bill.

Hanna-Attisha said she’s been frustrated to see funds that could help Flint languish in Congress.

“It’s not a political issue, this is a humanitarian issue,” she said, noting that this “great American city” has had contaminated water for three years now.

Hanna-Attisha along with others at the Hurley Medical Center are working with Michigan State University and the Genesee County Health Department as part of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative started in January. The initiative has three goals — to continue research on lead exposure in children in the area, to monitor these exposed children and get them assistance if they show developmental delays, and provide the tools and resources to monitor and help the children.

“I will keep talking and keep advocating. The story is not over,” Hanna-Attisha said.

The city has hired 10 additional school nurses and the state has passed a Medicaid waiver that will add an additional 15,000 kids to Medicaid so they can get better treatment, she noted. Food and healthy eating has also become a focal point for health officials in the region, since an unhealthy diet low in iron means people can absorb more lead into their bones. There is also temporary funding for a new “nutrition prescription” program in which kids can redeem $10 vouchers for healthy foods at a nearby farmer’s market, Hanna-Attisha said.

“There’s a lot more coordination of resources and programs,” she said.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has outlined a plan to address the long-term damage that children exposed to lead could face, including new screening measures to help identify potential behavioral problems, expanding a free breakfast program, offering professional support and case management when children under 6 are found to have high lead levels, and addung more child and adolescent health centers in the county.

State and local health officials have now been joined by officials from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as a state of emergency in the county has been extended into the summer.

Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, told ABC News that researchers are seeing progress in water quality. Recent water quality tests conducted by the CDC have shown filtered water may even be safe for pregnant women and young children, but Wells cautioned they’re still awaiting final results and have yet to issue a new advisory.

“Even if there are high levels of lead, the filters seem to work,” Wells said.

In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency has launched a campaign to get residents to flush out particles that may be lingering in the water system, Wells said.

The city faced another setback when a legionella outbreak was discovered in the area that sickened more than 90 people in 2014 and 2015. About half were linked to an area hospital, but health officials were also investigating whether the outbreak could have been related to the corroded pipes that leeched lead. Wells said this year the city is under enhanced surveillance for legionella so that officials can act quickly and identify the source of the outbreak. The last known case occurred in October 2015, but the disease is more common in summer months.

Marc Edwards, a professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech and founder of the Flint Water Study, said he was more hopeful after seeing federal and state agencies working to fix the effects of the water crisis.

“I think that all parties at the table right now are really working at their best to get Flint back on its feet,” Edwards said. “Since January, people have been trying their very best to help with the situation.”

However, Edwards said after talking to residents, he thinks it will take a long time before they trust their government.

“For many in Flint, they will never drink water or take a bath or shower [in tap water] ever again,” Edwards said. “The betrayal and loss of trust is so profound and it can never be restored.”

He and his team are still in the area testing water and working with health officials to monitor the situation. Edwards said he’s become concerned that some people have become so afraid of the water they have stopped bathing or washing their hands and that could lead to further health consequences.

“If people are fearful of bathing and washing hands, people will get hurt,” he said.

For Jacob Uhrek, he said he’s annoyed that he is again getting a water bill that had been temporarily suspended earlier this year and he’s looking into getting a filter that will treat all the water in the house. This summer he plans on keeping his children away from pools.

“We got lot of freshwater and lakes,” in Michigan, he said.

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Four-Year-Old Who Fell Into Cincinnati Zoo’s Gorilla Enclosure Expected to Recover

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — A 4-year-old boy escaped with serious — albeit non-life-threatening — injuries Saturday after he crawled through a barrier at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and into a gorilla enclosure, where he was picked up by a 400-pound, 17-year-old male gorilla, the zoo said.

After the boy — who has not been identified — crawled through a public barrier at Gorilla World around 4 p.m., he fell about 10 to 12 feet into a moat, where he was picked up and carried around by the gorilla, named Harambe, for about 10 minutes, the zoo’s director, Thane Maynard, said.

A Cincinnati Zoo employee shot the gorilla when the child was in between his legs, and zoo employees then unlocked the gate and two fire fighters quickly retrieved the child.

Once the child was in a safe area, he was given a full trauma assessment, and then transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Monahan said.

The hospital is not releasing details on his condition, but police said the boy’s injuries were non-life-threatening, according to ABC affiliate WCPO.

Once it had became apparent that the toddler was in the enclosure, two female gorillas in the exhibit were recalled immediately, but the male gorilla remained in the yard with the child, the zoo said in a statement.

There were already fire department personnel at the zoo because of a sick person, and they responded immediately to the pen, District Fire Chief Marc Monahan said. When they got to the gorilla pen they saw the gorilla who violently dragging and throwing the child, he said.

“They made a tough choice and they made the right choice because they saved that little boy’s life,” Maynard said. “It could have been very bad.”

Maynard said the gorilla didn’t appear to be attacking the child, but he said it was “an extremely strong” animal in an agitated situation. He said tranquilizing the gorilla wouldn’t have knocked it out immediately, leaving the boy in danger.

Maynard called it “a sad day” at the zoo, but credited the zoo team with saving the young boy’s life. “The zoo security teams quick response saved the child’s life,” he said in a statement. “We are all devastated that this tragic accident resulted in the death of a critically-endangered gorilla. This is a huge loss for the zoo family and the gorilla population worldwide.”

Harambe came to Cincinnati in 2015 from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. On Friday, the zoo posted on it Facebook page that Harambe had turned 17.

The zoo has also posted videos of Harambe adjusting to life at the facility.

The zoo will be open on Sunday, but Gorilla World will be closed until further notice.

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