The 911 call of a terrified mother who watched her young son fall into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo was released Wednesday afternoon.
The frantic call captured the terrifying early moments of the encounter, which ended with the 450-pound animal, named Harambe, being shot by park specialists.
“Hi, my son fell in the zoo exhibit of the gorillas,” the woman says. “Cincinnati Zoo, my son fell in with a gorilla, there’s a male gorilla standing over him, I need someone to contact the zoo.”
“Okay, we do already have this started, we do already have this started there, okay?” the dispatcher tries to reassure her.
“Be calm? Be calm? Be calm?” She replies. “He’s dragging my son, I can’t watch this.”
You can listen to the full recording below.