CINCINNATI ZOO DEFENDS KILLING GORILLA TO SAVE CHILD
Monday, May 30, 2016
This is a terribly sad story and should be a lesson to all.
Harambe, a Silverback Gorilla, was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday to save a 4-year-old who slipped into his enclosure. The 400 pound primate was 17-years-old. This was a life threatening situation. The boy’s mother is very vocal in the video, but no word on where she was when her son was getting into Harambe’s cage. Unfortunately, a tranquilizer dart takes too long and would have infuriated the massive creature, so he was killed with a rifle.
It was the boy or the gorilla. This was in no way the gorilla’s fault, but it was the proper decision, considering the terrible circumstances. Though he never harms the boy, he dragged him pretty viciously. How else would the child have been safely separated from the gorilla, who is fifteen times stronger than man? Can you imagine if something had happened to the boy and the zoo had not protected him?
The director of the Cincinnati Zoo addresses the killing below.
Maybe, just maybe, there shouldn’t be zoos in the first place!