Police have decided whether or not to charge the mother of ‘gorilla boy’

Only a few weeks ago, the world was captivated by the story of a young boy who fell into a
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Only a few weeks ago, the world was captivated by the story of a young boy who fell into a gorilla exhibit at Cincinnati Zoo, which resulted in the shooting of the endangered animal.

There was public outcry over the shooting, with calls for the parents of the boy to be charged with negligence for allowing him to run off and put himself and Harambe the gorilla in danger.

Now though, the prosecutor in charge of the case says he will not be pressing charges against the boy’s mother and that he simply “scampered off” when she wasn’t looking.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the mother’s actions were “not even close” to meriting reckless endangerment charges and that she was free from responsibility over the shooting.

The boy was in the enclosure with Harambe for nine minutes before the gorilla was shot and killed and he was rescued.

He apparently climbed over the outer barrier of the exhibit before falling 4.5 metres into the shallow moat below.

Onlookers say Harambe initially appeared to be protecting the child, but became “agitated and scared” when people started screaming and began dragging the child away.

Zoo workers decided the safest option for the child was to shoot and kill Harambe.

Their actions sparked outrage around the world though, with thousands of people saying they should have tranquilized the gorilla instead.

Many called for the boy’s parents to face charges and say they are disappointed no one had to face up to any consequences for the incident.

What’s your opinion on this issue?

Should there be consequences over Harambe’s death? Were zoo workers right to shoot and kill Harambe, or should he have been tranquilized?

  1. Jeannie Bliss  

    iT WAS A GREAT TRAGEDY AND UNFORTUNATLY THE GORILLA WAS SHOT AS A RESULT OF ONE MAIN ISSUE THE FENCING AROUND IT’S ENCLOSURE SHOULD BE RECTIFIED. tHE CHILD IS OK AND UNFORTUNATLY ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN…BUT TO CHAGE PARENTS TO ME SEEMS NOT OK. iT HAS TO REFLECT ON AUTHORITIES TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION OR MAYBE THEY SHOULD BE CHARGE TO CHANGE
    tHANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THIS OPPERTUNITY TO SHARE MY PERSONAL VIEWS
    jEANNIE BLISS fOYE

    • elena  

      Parents should be not only charged but banned to be carers of minors…perhaps they should be sterilised to be sure their animal instinct inhibit them of having more children.

    • Yes I would agree with all you wrote. The Zoo should be responsible to keep everyone safe and there should be no way that child could have climbed over a barrier.

  2. Sad thing that happened. Think they should have tranquilized the gorilla. Don’t think parents should be held responsible.

  3. elena  

    Harambe has been caged and then killed because negligence, incompetence and stupidity of some people, the child´s mother in this case. As it can be seen, humans are free and some provoke injustice toward other humble beings. Shame.

    • Beverley  

      Oh dear, it reads as if you are perfect. You must have been a parent who kept her eyes glued to her children for the whole of their childhoods.

      • elena  

        I was only a child myself when I understood that for a mother, a conscious one, a responsible one and a mature one etc. etc. was not a place in this world. This world is not fit for a smart person like me therefore, no child of mine exist in this planet full of idiots, shellfish and inadequate humans. Many people have children because they respond to an animal instinct, because it is cheap…easy and enjoyable…I enjoy the last which doesn’t affect to anyone…viva la vida!.

    • Your comments are shameful. Every parent would be charged for neglect if it was up to you. Are you a Mother have you ever stood and chatted to friends in a mall or store while your children run around and touched things? Or broke things. Or been standing near an esculator and your child is playing on it. Good chance their clothes will get caught or their little hands. I have seen countless Parents put their prams on one instead of using an elevator and their prams collapsed near the bottom. Are you going to have everyone arrested for being bad parents?commonsense please!

  4. All else aside….

    IF the fence had not been ‘climb-able’ by a small child this would not have happened.

  5. Charles  

    Prudent people with all the facts have made a decision. Live with it !!!
    If you have a problem with what has occurred, instead of criticizing maybe
    you should lobby those ‘Prudent people’ to make the next decision as to
    how this can be prevented ever happening again. A new fence to keep the
    unrestrained animals away from those in captivity ????

  6. Mary  

    I haven’t heard any mention of the zoo’s responsibility to have safe child-proof fencing. If that young child could climb it, it’s not good enough.

  7. i think really nobody should be responsible, yes it was sad we lost a beautiful gorilla and i think they zoo needs to look at the fencing but it is like for example taking a child to a shop and the child runs off gets hit by a car running out the store, it was an accident. we dont know or what our kids are going to get up to when we are out. Maybe we need to watch them more closely but a lot of us like to give them there freedom to a certain point, especially at a zoo or a park. Sadly it was a terrible tragedy for that poor gorilla as I am an animal lover, but what would you do. i think the zoo needs to look at its safety fences but also they had a person k=checking safety fencing just recently nothing has been said about that person. not blaming that inspector but they should have seen the problem . lets just stop criticizing everyone and maybe look at a better way to protect the animal and kids it was a pure accident i think the parents feel bad enough.

  8. The zoo had to take responsibility for a child being able to climb the fence. We have to make our swimming pools safe with special pool fencing, so the blame lies completely on the zoo. And the zoo used the ONLY option available to kill the gorilla. If the zoo had better safety fences the whole tragic episode would never have happened. In no way should the parents be held accountable.

  9. As an ex police officer I’m not aware of an offence with which she could have been charged in Australia. Had the zoo tranquillised the animal unsuccessfully, it could have killed the child. Zoo staff was in a no-win position.

  10. Viv Cooper  

    It was a situation where no matter what action was taken by the zoo the public would still have had view – if the child was hurt it would have been a real outcry as to why action was not taken sooner. Most parents have had some type of close call because a child ” scampered off” I agree she shouldn’t be charged .
    This is never an easy decision and not one taken lightly. I am sure the zoo keepers wished they never had to make a choice.

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