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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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Tropical Storm Bonnie Forms Off the Southeast Coast for Holiday Weekend

ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Tropical Storm Bonnie was swirling off the coast of South Carolina Saturday night, disturbing Sunday plans for beachgoers.

According to the National Hurricane Center, 40 mile-per-hour winds and heavy rains from the second named storm of the season were hitting South Carolina and southern North Carolina’s coast Saturday night.

The official start of hurricane season does not begin for another four days, but Michael Brennan, a senior hurricane specialist for NHC, said the tropical storm was not expected to intensify.

“The storm’s right now moving over the Gulf Stream and that’s what’s sort of giving it a boost of energy today but it’s about to move out of those warmer waters and into the cooler waters that are right off shore off the southeast coast so we’re not expecting too much more intensification,” he told ABC News on Saturday night.

Bonnie will move ashore and likely make a landfall somewhere between Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday morning. Wind gusts up to 40 mph are possible along the coast with 1 to 3 inches of rainfall. Locally higher amounts of rain could fall and produce some flash flooding.

A concern for beachgoers throughout the holiday weekend will be dangerous rip currents all along the Southeastern coast of the U.S.

“There’s at least some risk of rip currents all the way from portions of central and north Florida up through the Carolinas,” Brennan told ABC News.

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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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Kansas Boy, 11, Swept Away by Fast-Moving Creek After Flash Floods

iStock/Thinkstock(WICHITA, Kan.) — Authorities in Kansas resumed the search for the body of an 11-year-old boy who was swept away by a fast-moving creek in Wichita on Friday night, hours after flash flooding moved through the area.

The boy, whose name has not been released, fell into an unnamed creek that feeds into the Arkansas River at about 7:30 p.m.

Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief John Turner told ABC News that Friday’s storm may have doubled the depth of the creek to approximately 10 feet.

Officials spent three hours searching four miles of the creek Friday night but weren’t able to find the boy, Turner said.

“We were hoping he was holding onto a limb or tree or something on the bank,” Turner said.

The search is continuing Saturday, but is now in recovery mode as officials look for his body.

“At this point our law enforcement has searched all the areas he could be known to be, and nothing has turned up, so we’re focusing efforts on the creek,” Turner said.

“It’s difficult for us,” he said. “You can imagine how it is on the family. That’s our main focus now, is finding some closure for the family as quickly as we possibly can.”

Turner said water speed can be “very deceiving, especially during flash floods.” The creek was likely moving between five and eight miles per hour, which is fast enough to “knock a person down,” he said.

Turner said that on Saturday “the water is continuing to slow down and rescind, which makes the efforts a little bit easier.”

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Officials to Lift Plane Wreckage From Hudson River in Crash Investigation

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Investigators were expected on Saturday to lift the wreckage from the World War II-era single-seat fighter plane that crashed in the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey Friday evening, killing the pilot.

The Coast Guard said the Army Corps of Engineers is scheduled to conduct salvage operations of the aircraft today.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, the Coast Guard added.

The plane, which took off from an airport on Long Island, went into the water around 7:30 p.m., about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge. A distress signal was issued.

The pilot, identified by police as 56-year-old William Gordon of Key West, Florida, died from the crash. His body was subsequently recovered by divers, police said.

The FAA said that the P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft was one of three that had departed from Republic Airport on Long Island. The two other aircraft returned to the airport safely, the FAA said.

The plane had been based at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, New York, on Long Island, for the past 16 years and was scheduled to participate in the Jones Beach Air Show on Saturday.

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Video Shows NJ Police Officer Narrowly Avoiding Being Pinned by Massive Tree

WABC(NEW YORK) — A 33-year-old New Jersey police officer was almost pinned under a giant tree as he responded to a call of a large branch blocking a road Friday morning.

As Officer Douglas Faber of the Ringwood Police Department tried to remove the enormous branch from the road at around 6:45 a.m., another part of the tree came crashing down, nearly pinning him under it, said Ringwood Police Chief Joseph Walker.

Dashcam video shows Faber running as soon as he hears sounds of the tree cracking, but its top branches strike his legs on the way down, causing him to fall to the ground. A fellow officer is seen coming to his aid.

In the video, it appears as if Faber escaped unscathed, but he sustained a head wound requiring 13 stitches and fractured his wrist, Walker said. He was treated at a local hospital.

Faber has been a Ringwood police officer for seven years, the department told ABC News.

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Cops Search Sonoma County in Case of Abducted California Teen Pearl Pinson

Courtesy of Pearl Pinson’s family(NEW YORK) — Authorities in California are “very concerned” a missing 15-year-old girl may be hurt after she was allegedly abducted by an older acquaintance this week, and are searching for her in Sonoma County.

While the suspected abductor has since been killed in a shootout with police, the teen remains missing and the subject of an Amber Alert.

The Solano County Sheriff’s Office said this afternoon it was working with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office to search an area near the town of Jenner in connection with the abduction of 15-year-old Pearl Pinson.

Pinson was abducted in Vallejo, a city near San Francisco, on Wednesday, allegedly by 19-year-old Fernando Castro, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office said. She may have been walking to the school bus stop at the time, according to ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

Castro and Pinson were believed to be acquaintances but authorities don’t believe she went with Castro willingly, the sheriff’s office said.

Some blood was found at the scene, Deputy Christine Castillo of the Solano County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News.

“We are very concerned she may be injured,” Castillo told ABC News Friday.

The investigation took a turn Thursday when authorities spotted Castro driving without Pinson in Santa Barbara County, which is about 300 miles south of Vallejo. Castro allegedly engaged police in a shootout, fled into a mobile home and stole a truck, before engaging police in another shootout that left him dead, the sheriff’s office said.

“Detectives are currently going through tips and leads that have come in overnight and are working to refocus our search efforts for today,” Castillo said in a statement.

Deputies were on alert Thursday in Marin County — near where Pinson was kidnapped — after Castro’s car was seen on surveillance there before the shootout further down the coast.

“This case spans from northern to southern California,” Castillo’s statement said. “Our main focus continues to be finding Pearl and reuniting her with her family.”

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WWII-era Small Plane Crashes in NYC’s Hudson River, Body Recovered

NYPD(NEW YORK) — A World War II-era single-seat fighter plane crashed in the Hudson River Friday evening, and a body believed to the pilot was recovered by divers, police officials said.

The NYPD said the plane, which took off from an airport in Suffolk County, went into the water around 7:30 p.m. A distress signal was issued.

The NYPD said that it has located the plane, which was secured to a harbor launch. New Jersey State Police initially said that the pilot suffered minor injuries and was en route to the hospital, but the agency said later it could not confirm that.

According to police, the body recovered was the pilot, identified as William Gordon, 56, of Key West, Florida.

He was removed from the water and declared deceased by the EMS, the NYPD said.

The investigation is ongoing.

The exact circumstances of the crash, about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge, were not clear.

The FAA said that the World War II-era P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft was one of three that had departed from Republic Airport on Long Island. The two other aircraft returned to the airport safely, the FAA said.

The plane had based at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, New York, on Long Island, for the past 16 years and was scheduled to participate in the Jones Beach Air Show on Saturday.

On Friday, the aircraft flew twice before the crash.

“It certainly has a solid performance history,” American Airpower Museum spokesman Gary Lewi said of the plane. He added that the craft showed “no sign whatsoever, or any suggestion of a problem” and if it had, it wouldn’t have been allowed to make a third flight.

The P-47 was the heaviest single-engine fighter in WWII, according to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island.

“Despite its size, the P-47 proved to be one of the best performing fighters to see combat,” the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s website said. “Produced in greater numbers than any other U.S. made fighter, the story of how it came to exist is at least as interesting as its many accomplishments.”

“The mighty Thunderbolt broke the back of the Luftwaffe and pounded the Wehrmacht without mercy,” the museum added.

Lewi said that some 9,000 of the plane were built on Long Island during WWII, but that there were very few that were left.

“It’s a legend,” he said. “There are not that many left flying in the world.”

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WWII-era Small Plane Crashes in Hudson River

NYPD(NEW YORK) — A World War II-era fighter plane crashed in the Hudson River Friday evening and a body was recovered, police officials said.

The NYPD said the plane, which took off from an airport in Suffolk County, went into the water around 7:30 p.m. A distress signal was issued.

The NYPD said that it had located the plane, and a body was recovered. New Jersey State Police initially said that the pilot suffered minor injuries and was en route to the hospital, but the agency said later it could not confirm that.

The exact circumstances of the crash, about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge, were not clear.

The FAA said that the World War II-era P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft was one of three that had departed from Republic Airport on Long Island. The two other aircraft returned to the airport safely, the FAA said.

The P-47 was the heaviest single-engine fighter in WWII, according to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island.

“Despite its size, the P-47 proved to be one of the best performing fighters to see combat,” the museum’s website said. “Produced in greater numbers than any other U.S. made fighter, the story of how it came to exist is at least as interesting as its many accomplishments.”

“The mighty Thunderbolt broke the back of the Luftwaffe and pounded the Wehrmacht without mercy,” the museum added.

Further details were not known.

This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.

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WWII-era Small Plane Crashes in Hudson River, Pilot ‘Unaccounted For’

NYPD(NEW YORK) — A World War II-era fighter plane crashed in the Hudson River Friday evening and the pilot remains unaccounted for, police officials said.

The NYPD said the plane, which took off from an airport in Suffolk County, went into the water around 7:30 p.m. A distress signal was issued.

The NYPD said that it has located the plane, but the search continues for the pilot. New Jersey State Police initially said that the pilot suffered minor injuries and was en route to the hospital, but the agency said later it could not confirm that.

The exact circumstances of the crash, about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge, were not clear.

The FAA said that the World War II-era P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft was one of three that had departed from Republic Airport on Long Island. The two other aircraft returned to the airport safely, the FAA said.

The P-47 was the heaviest single-engine fighter in WWII, according to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island.

“Despite its size, the P-47 proved to be one of the best performing fighters to see combat,” the museum’s website said. “Produced in greater numbers than any other U.S. made fighter, the story of how it came to exist is at least as interesting as its many accomplishments.”

“The mighty Thunderbolt broke the back of the Luftwaffe and pounded the Wehrmacht without mercy,” the museum added.

Further details were not known.

This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.

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