Harambe a 17 Year- Old endangered Gorilla was shot and killed in the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday May 21st when a 4 year old climbed into the enclosure. The uproar of Harambe's death has many people blaming the mother, the child and even the zoo so who's really to blame here?
Both the zoo and the mother of the 4 year old are to blame for the death of Harambe.
If you are a parent to a toddler/ child you know darn right they are strong willed. If your child tells you that they are going to do something multiple times they are going to find a way to do it. Witness have said you could hear the little boy tell his mother "I want to go in there" and not just once. So what was the mother doing as her son was telling her exactly what he was going to do? I wasn't there so I can't say for sure but my guess would be not paying attention to her child, maybe she was in her phone, snapping a picture,whatever she was going she wasn't caring about where her four year old was. Now I completely get how your child can get away from you in a matter of seconds, I really do but for this child to not only get away from you, but to climb over a barrier keeping you away from an enclosure with Gorillas doesn't just happen in seconds
Now this isn't entirely the mother's fault either, The Cincinnati Zoo is to blame as well. The Cincinnati Zoo has 1.2 Million+ Annual Guest, that means lots of families with children visiting to see the 500+ species of animals at the zoo. As a child I know one of my favorite animals to watch at our local zoo was the Gorillas, now I never thought about climbing into the enclosure but I also had a mama you didn't play games with when out in public. Knowing that children of all ages visit your zoo why aren't the enclosures child proof? I know just as well as any mother with a young child, if there is a will, there is a way and they will find a way to do whatever they put their mind to; however the zoo knowingly has potentially dangerous animals on display, therefore it is their responsibility to ensure a proper enclosure to not only protect guest but their animals. With a proper enclosure to keep animals in and people out this incident could have been prevented.
Due to the negligence of the mother of this child and the Cincinnati Zoo for not ensuring a proper enclosure an innocent endangered species life was taken.
Who do you think is to blame?