Sunday, May 29, 2016

Gorilla Shot Dead at Cincinnati Zoo After 4-Year-Old Climbs in Enclosure (VIDEO)

Most of the comments I've seen on this, especially yesterday on Twitter, wanted the parents shot dead. I mean seriously, there were strong opinions.

There's video at Channel 4 News UK, showing the gorilla becoming riled up, and dragging the boy quite aggressively, if not violently. No doubt this would have been a terrifying experience to watch, not least of all for the parents. Zoo officials must have been horrified not just at the scene, but at the prospect of killing that prized gorilla, a huge silver-back. See, "A gorilla has been shot dead after a boy fell into its zoo enclosure. The 4-year-old is set to make a full recovery."

More, at NYT, "Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, was killed by Cincinnati Zoo staff after a 4-year-old boy entered his enclosure."

And at the Cincinnati Enquirer, "Cincinnati Zoo's 17-year-old gorilla killed after 3-year-old falls into enclosure," and "Video shows gorilla react when child falls into Cincinnati Zoo enclosure."

Plus, "PETA primatologist says zoo enclosure should have been surrounded by a “secondary barrier”", and "Boy who fell into zoo gorilla exhibit is out of hospital and 'going to be OK'."

Still more, at CNN, "Witness: Gorilla pulled the child's pants up; a woman who filmed video of an incident where a zoo gorilla dragged a child throughout an enclosure speaks to CNN."