Visitors look at Jomo, a male silverback gorilla at the Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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The Cincinnati Zoo reopened its gorilla exhibit Tuesday with a higher, reinforced barrier installed after a young boy got into the exhibit and was dragged by a 400-pound gorilla, which was then shot and killed.The barrier, which had passed repeated inspections by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, will now be 42 inches high -- a half-foot taller than before -- with solid wood beams at the top and bottom, plus knotted rope netting at the bottom, the zoo said.The gorilla's killing set off a torrent of criticism online, with some commenters vilifying the zoo for shooting the animal and others blaming the boy's mother for not watching her child more closely.An animal protection group has urged that the zoo be fined.The zoo says its 10 remaining gorillas are doing well. The others are a family group of eight, led by a silverback named Jomo.
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