The Cincinnati Zoo stands by its decision to shoot a gorilla who was handling a 3-year-old boy Saturday, zoo director Thane Maynard said Monday.

Maynard spoke Monday afternoon about the death of Harambe, a 17-year-old male lowland gorilla. A child got inside Harambe’s habitat at the zoo’s Gorilla World exhibit Saturday.

“It was a life-threatening situation and the silverback gorilla is a very dangerous animal. He would be a very dangerous animal to (adults),” said Maynard.

“We stand by our decision and we’d make the same call today,” he said.

The 400-pound gorilla was shot and killed by zoo staff after they said he handled the 3-year-old boy Saturday. Video shows the silverback dragging the child through the water.

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