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
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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?

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