Phone threat prompts evacuation at Cincinnati Zoo

(Courtesy: Dan Griffin, WLWT)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) – Someone made a phone threat to the Cincinnati Zoo that prompted an evacuation Thursday.

Cincinnati police officers and bomb-sniffing dogs are investigating after the call, which came in at 3:30 p.m. Guests were evacuated immediately. Police had not found anything as of 5 p.m., they said.

The police department tweeted about the evacuation: “Cincinnati Zoo evacuated for suspicious device call. Bomb dogs currently sweeping zoo. Media staging area: Vine & Shields bus turn-around.”

“The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden safely evacuated staff and guests today around 3:30 pm as a precaution after an unspecified threat was called into Cincinnati Police,” the zoo wrote in a statement. “The Zoo takes all threats seriously. We will continue to work with Cincinnati Police to ensure the Zoo remains a safe environment.”

The Cincinnati Zoo has been under fire, especially on social media, since Haramabe, a gorilla, was shot and killed there in May after a child got into his enclosure.

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