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.