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1. Zoo previously warned over a security breach as police have announced they are investigating the incident.
As anger grows over the death of Harambe the Gorilla – who was shot after a four-year-old boy fell into his enclosure in Cincinnati Zoo – it has been revealed that the zoo had previously been warned over a security breach in March.
CNN reports that an inspector warned the zoo that the public could have been “at great risk for injury, harm or death” on March 16 when two polar bears went through an open den door into a behind-the-scenes service hallway and wandered down a hallway.
Some visitors were moved for safety as the bears were returned to their main holding area. The animals got through two doors which were left open by keepers and there didn’t appear to be “a formalised method” for double-checking locks and doors.
“Surprising the bears in the keeper area could have resulted in human injury or death.” The report said, adding that if the bears had gotten outside the public would have been at great risk.
The director of the Cincinnati Zoo assured visitors yesterday it was safe.
Thane Maynard said a review is underway to determine any improvements that can make the zoo safer.
The news comes as the prosecutor’s office in Hamilton County announced that police are investigating the circumstances that lead to the gorilla being shot to death.
Spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardey says police are reviewing the matter and continuing to gather information.
“After the review, we will determine if charges need to be brought forward,” Hardy said. ” If it is determined charges need to be brought forward, we would then discuss it with the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office.”
Meanwhile The Washington Post reports that after online trolls targeted the mother of the boy and the preschool where she works police have been forced to intervene.
The mother has been the subject of death threats and racially charged incidents.
“Even though they’re not direct death threats, we’re going to reach out to the mother and let her know what’s going on, if she doesn’t know already,” police spokesman Lt. Steve Saunders said. “We’re going to keep her in the loop. We’re going to err on the side of safety for her and her family.”
2. Child protection authorities were in “active contact” with family murdered in South Australia.
Child protection authorities had conducted a welfare check at the South Australian property where a mother and her children lived just hours before they were killed.
South Australian woman Adeline Yvette Rigney-Wilson, 29, and her two children, Corey, 5, and Amber, 6, were found dead Monday in a farmhouse at Hillier, north of Adelaide.