Gorilla Mom Unlikely to Face Charges; Exhibit to Get Higher Fence

June 3, 2016

Authorities in Hamilton County, Ohio, have reportedly ended their investigation into a boy's fall into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo last weekend, and are not recommending that prosecutor Joe Deters bring any criminal charges against the boy's mother. Deters is expected to make a decision about whether to file charges sometime today, reports The Cincinnati Enquirer. Meanwhile, the zoo announced that it will reopen the gorilla exhibit next week with a higher and sturdier fence. The AP reports that the outer barrier will now be 42 inches high--a half foot taller than before--with solid wood beams on top and at the bottom, plus knotted rope netting at the bottom.