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Memphis Zoo reveals animal exhibit security following Cincinnati exhibit breach

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A federal investigation is underway after a 4-year-old got into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Cincinnati Zoo officials decided the only way to save the child was to shoot and kill the gorilla.

Click here to see pictures of the gorilla, Harambe.

The story has people across the country--including in Memphis--talking.

Memphis Zoo said it has multiple precautions in place to make sure nobody ends up inside one of the zoo exhibits.

At most exhibits, Memphis Zoo has multiple layers of protection keeping people out and animals in.

For example, the lowland gorilla exhibit in Memphis has a wooden fence, a natural barrier, a moat, and hot wires that will shock anything that touches them.

"[It's] A lot like a shock fence that you might have for your dog," Memphis Zoo's Laura Doty said.

In 2014, Memphis had its own run-in with a patron trying to get into an exhibit. A woman tried to crawl through a barricade to feed cookies to the lions.

"Even though they're cute and cuddly behind the barricades, they're actually still wild animals," Doty said.

That woman was caught and banned from returning to the zoo.

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