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According to O’Donoughue, the tranquilizer would’ve taken too long to immobilize Harambe and stood the chance of aggravating him even more.

And even if he had been sedated, Harambe likely would’ve drowned in the moat and very easily could’ve crushed the boy after falling unconscious.

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