I happen to live not too far away from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. I just got word that a gorilla had to be put down for reasons that could have been prevented.
Apparently, a three-year-old child had managed to climb past the exhibit boundaries in the exhibit, and was grabbed by the gorilla. In order to save the boy, the gorilla was shot and killed.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to that zoo before, and I don’t think a three-year-old would have managed to climb past the boundaries on his own. Regardless if he did or not, the parents are still heavy to blame for this for not being responsible. A wild animal isn’t able to think for itself in situations like that, and at this point, it should be common sense that you shouldn’t let your kids climb around on structures when there are clearly dangerous consequences if not careful.
To make matters worse, the gorilla had just reached its seventeenth birthday. There’s no excuse behind this. Maybe I’m going a little far by adding this, but the parents should be charged for being responsible for the incident.
No charges for mother whose child fell into gorilla exhibit
Cincinnati Enquirer: Officials will not charge the mother of a 3-year-old boy who fell into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit last month, forcing authorities to shoot the gorilla, a prosecutor announced Monday.
Visitors place flowers and notes outside the Gorilla World
exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, after a special zoo response team shot and
killed Harambe. The 17-year-old gorilla grabbed and dragged a
4-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat. The boy is expected to recover.