Endangered Gorilla Killed to Save Little Boy from Enclosure, Who's to Blame?

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?

Alyssa Waters


Heather Stone said...

This is an unfortunate death/loss but a debate that will surely be played out for some time and on both sides. PETA for the animals, those that feel the mom is all to blame and those that lay blame on the child/mom & zoo. Chimpanzee have been known to have attacked their owners, visitors, keepers and hunters/tourist in a horrific vicious way, we have seen proof of what they have done...

Gorillas are strong, curious, protective, and their track record of attacks in their turf or ours is so low, we are more likely to be killed by a coconut.

When zoos send out their tactical teams they need to react with information, speed, knowledge, care, what is in the best interest for the human, how to keep the animal safe, the human safe, and then ACT.
Not ACT and then thinking about what to do.....

I think why this story upsets me so much is Gorillas are so far and few between. And once gone we will all say...oh man "If Only..." and being a mom of 5 kids I have juggled theme parks alone with 5, zoos with 5, Walmart with 5, etc. No Leashes (If hate those...never used them) just strollers, and hands. I understand blinking and turning. That counting heads as we walking down Main Street in Disney along with 3,000 other people. One moment they want to be here, there, -->, <--, and you only have two hands & 5 kids with a husband deployed....all kids wiggle their way just out of arms reach... (leg sweep..kidding) it takes more than a spilt second for a child to move away, go around the bushes, under the barrier and down the slope. I see more folks out with their kids on their phones while their kids are playing and mom/dad can't look up from their screen (not saying she way).

Only way the zoo can 100% ensure this never happens again from any age is
Enclosing all animals in a bubble
No visitors
No animals

Okay I think you get my point....for every better barrier there is always going to be that one person...that says "Mommy I want to get in there"

Zoo needs to be held at fault for lousy/poor/lack off planing/failure to protect their animal.

Jen G said...

I don't think anyone is to blame. It's an unfortunate thing that happened and very sad, but things happen. It must be hard enough for everyone involved.