Polar bear escapes ‘containment area’ at Cincinnati Zoo

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — A polar bear breached its “behind the scenes” containment area at the Cincinnati Zoo on Wednesday.

According to zoo officials, the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Visitors are “safe” and there have been no reported injuries to workers, visitors, or animals.

“At approximately 11:30am, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 our female polar bear Berit breached a behind the scenes containment area but was never loose in the zoo. The situation is ongoing and under control,” the zoo said in a statement. “There is no risk to staff or visitors in the park, but as a precaution guests were moved indoors. Visitors are safe to leave the park if they choose. There are no injuries to animal staff or visitors. We are currently working on resolving the situation.

Some who say they were at the zoo during the incident took to social media shortly after learning what had happened:

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    There’s a certain difficulty in protecting animals or dispensing with them. When Cecil the Lion was shot by the dentist, folks here were all in support (or at least ambivalent) about luring him off the preserve and “hunting” him. The lion (to our knowledge) was not a man-killer.

    Here, a gorilla is likely killing a child, and we’re sending condolences to the gorilla’s family. This stuff is tough to figure out, and it’s particularly difficult to even figure out which principles to stand on in these types of situations.

    I also have a hard time in killing the gorilla. A “time out” and perhaps retraction of his gun rights should have been adequate punishment. Heck, gang bangers get more lenient treatment for serial violent crimes than this gorilla did for defending his turf. Besides, gorillas are endangered – kids, not so much.