Boy dragged by gorilla 'still doing well'

Posted at 8:52 AM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 08:53:59-04

CINCINNATI -- The 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo Saturday afternoon is "still doing well," according to a statement from the family Wednesday morning.

The family thanked the public for expressions of concern and recommended donations be made to the Cincinnati Zoo in the name of Harambe, the 17-year-old male gorilla who was shot to protect the boy.

“Our child has had a checkup by his doctor and is still doing well. We continue to praise God for His grace and mercy, and to be thankful to the Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child.

We are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us. Some have offered money to the family, which we do not want and will not accept. If anyone wishes to make a gift, we recommend a donation to the Cincinnati Zoo in Harambe’s name.”

The family continues to decline all interview and meeting requests.