BROOKFIELD, Ill. — A toddler who fell into a gorilla exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo on Friday afternoon was rescued by a female gorilla who cradled the child and brought him to zookeepers.
The boy, 3, injured his head falling 18 feet onto concrete in an area with seven gorillas. He was still alert when taken to a hospital, but was listed in critical condition later.
Binti, a 7-year-old female gorilla with a baby gorilla on her back, picked up the child, cradled him in her arms and placed him near a door where zookeepers could retrieve the boy, said zoo spokeswoman Sondra Katzen.
Katzen said she did not know how the child got over a 3- or 4-foot railing. She said she believes the boy had run ahead of his mother.