CINCINNATI, Ohio (CBSMiami/AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo will reopen its Gorilla World exhibit next week with a reinforced, higher safety barrier following the death of a gorilla to protect a boy who had entered its enclosure.READ MORE: 2 Doral Police Officers Injured In Shooting Near Miami-Dade Police Headquarters; Suspect Killed ID'd By Police
Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley says the new barrier railing will be 42 inches tall with solid wood beams added to the top and knotted rope netting at the bottom.
That’s a half-foot higher than the steel railing barrier a 3-year-old boy apparently climbed over to get into the enclosure last Saturday. The zoo’s dangerous animal response team killed the 17-year-old endangered western lowland gorilla after concluding the boy’s life was in danger.READ MORE: Shot Doral Police Officer In Serious But Stable Condition, Second Officer Recovering
The zoo says the exhibit has been open 38 years without any problems and has passed multiple outside inspections.
The exhibit will reopen June 7.MORE NEWS: South Florida PBA Union President Steadman Stahl On Stress Of Being A Police Officer
(TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)