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Terrifying picture of little boy in rhino enclosure in Dublin Zoo

Published 01/08/2016

The picture of the child that sparked the investigation
The picture of the child that sparked the investigation
A child inside the rhino enclosure at Dublin Zoo. Picture: Ciaran Ferrie
A child inside the rhino enclosure at Dublin Zoo. Picture: Ciaran Ferrie
A child inside the rhino enclosure at Dublin Zoo. Picture: Ciaran Ferrie

Dublin Zoo are investigating after pictures emerged showing a young boy inside their rhino enclosure.

Images shared on social media show an adult holding the child's hand as he stands on the other side of the safety fence.

A Dublin Zoo spokeswoman said it was being looked into.

She said: "It's completely against Dublin Zoo's health and safety rules but it is being looked into at the moment."

In May this year there was an outcry after a 17-year-old 400-pound male gorilla was shot dead in a US zoo after a child (3)  fell 15 feet into its enclosure.

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The child was picked up by the gorilla before the zoo's dangerous animal response team killed the gorilla to protect the boy.

The killing of the gorilla named Harambe sparked a huge debate.

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