Sadness and outrage at the killing of zoo gorilla

A 17-year-old male gorilla named Harambe at the Cincinatti Zoo in the United States was shot dead after a young

A 17-year-old male gorilla named Harambe at the Cincinatti Zoo in the United States was shot dead after a young boy fell into a moat inside his enclosure.

The action has been met with both sadness and outrage, as many blame the boy’s parents for not keeping a closer eye on him as witnesses claim the four-year-old had been asking to play in the endangered gorilla’s pen only moments before the incident.

Investigators believe he crawled through a railing barrier and fell into the gorilla exhibit’s moat before Harambe dragged him around in the water for about 10 minutes.

Unfortunately the zoo’s animal response team assessed the ‘life threatening situation’ and defended their decision to shoot Harambe rather than tranquilise him.

One witness says initially it looked as though Harambe was trying to protect the boy, but the screams of panicked bystanders might have aggravated the situation.

The zoo’s director Thane Maynard stood by the decision of the dangerous animal response team saying, “They made a tough choice and they made a right choice because they saved that little boy’s life.”

He says tranquilising Harambe would not have knocked the gorilla out immediately and posed further danger for the young boy.

Do you think the parents need to be held accountable for this unfortunate situation? Did the zoo act responsibly in addressing the danger?

  1. Gail  

    A difficult situation the bars should be that a child cannot crawl through. But the parent should have been watching their child. Boys like to climb over under or through things the parents might have turned around for a minute. I would more likely hold the zoo responsible for having bars too far apart.

    • I agree with you Gail. Children are so quick especially boys they don’t see the danger until it is to late. The zoo should be held responsible as you said the bars were too far apart.

  2. Matronbb  

    Of course the parents are responsible, this rubbish about you cant discipline them, they have to be allowed to express themselves, cost this innocent animal, who was in his own environment his life.

    • Amanda  

      What planet do you live on? You either don’t have children or you r so high in the airy fairy cloud! You should write a book on the topic of “perfection parenting & perfectly behaved babies & toddlers!!” Or how you have never slipped up in any area of your so called smooth running life!! 🤓

  3. Sorry but I am totally on the gorillas side in this situation. An animal has as much rights in this situation as the child whose irresponsible parents are totally to blame. We don’t agree with capital punishment for humans who kill each other so why kill an innocent gorilla who was only doing what comes naturally. No one knows that the gorilla would have harmed the boy.

    • Marie  

      I am sensitive and feel for the short life for the Gorilla it impacted me and reminded me of how we as people create and destroy this world. May we be aware of our environment, animals, water, pollution. Who allows these things to occur PEOPLE.

  4. The zoo responce has to be protect the boy sad I know the gorilla is the looser in all this. Yeh I understand parent need to monitor their children but where was the zoos duty of care to make their patrons participation safe the risk of this happening was obviously great so the zoo should have antisapated the rish of harm.

  5. Jules  

    Not the gorilla’s fault the child fell into the enclosure. Obviously a zoo’s fault for not making it safer. Also where were the parents at the time? It’s a thumbs down from me!

  6. [email protected]  

    I feel it was the parents fault,not the gorilla’s, sadly the animal died as a result. Did the animal attack the child……NO. Why couldn’t the zoo keeper just tranquillize the gorilla instead of killing it ?

  7. Diane  

    “Mummy loves you”. WELL, if you really did then you would have had a tight grip on your child!!! Especially, considering, that he had asked to play in there! There are so many things now that limit others because parents don’t parent their children.

    • Amanda  

      Oh bla bla write a book on “perfection parenting”!!! Why don’t you? Are you an expert? Give the parents a break! Life just doesn’t run PERFECTLY all the time does it!!!

  8. Henry  

    The parents should have sized up the fencing as dangerous and taken preventative measure to keep their son away. In particular, according to other reports that the son wanted to enter the enclosure to get friendly with the gorillas. The parents failed in their due care of their son! The gorilla had to be destroyed because, according to reports, tranquilisers would have taken too long to take affect and the boy could have been mauled or killed by the agitated gorilla. So, logically, under the circumstances, the gorilla had to be killed to save the boy. The Zoo failed in providing adequate safety fencing for the public and the parents were careless. Both sides are to be blamed.

  9. Very sad situation a beautiful gorilla killed due to irresponsible parenting. Gorillas as gentle creatures I don’t believe he would have harmed the child if all the people around didn’t panick & screamed that would have started him. 😔😢😢😡

      • Amanda  

        Just curious of your “know it all” knowledge on gorillas?
        Just interested about YOUR information on perfect parenting?
        HMMM Question for you…are you 100% certain the gorilla wouldn’t have harmed this little life???? Hmmm
        Have you any children? What would have been your expertise advice if it was your baby TODDLER (4 years old)??? Hmmm think before you give an opinion hey!!!

  10. Ian Foster  

    I seems people value the life of a gorilla above that of a child; that’s sick!

    A lot of self righteous tosh written about the parents by people who either were not there or basing their comments on hearsay from persons in an emotionally charged situation. As a parent or grandparent have you ever been distracted? It only takes a moment for a determined child to go where they shouldn’t.

    As for the Zoo, why wasn’t the enclosure child proof? That a 4 year old could get through the fence shows that it wasn’t, the Zoo failed its duty of care. If the child had been killed or injured the Zoo would be found culpable at law; because only the gorilla was harmed still makes them culpable.

    • The child had said he was going to get into the gorilla’s area – if MY child had said that I would have been holding his collar (or his ear) until we had left the vicinity. I could go on and make a sick comment about the Gorilla being endangered, while the child……….

    • Pauline Miles  

      I agree Ian . How the parent’s can be held responsible is beyond comprehension. The zoo has a duty of care to make an enclosure housing a gorilla child proof .Children are abused in our society everyday and society turns a blind eye , but mention a beached whale orany other animal in distress & everyone comes running with help & funds to save it .I love animals , but a child’s welfare must take priority

  11. The gorilla seemed to be watching over the boy prior to all the screaming. People need to watch over their children when they are into a public area.

  12. Sue  

    It’s really sad that neglectful parents cost the life of such a beautiful gorilla.

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