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Shoot To Kill: HARAMBE Did the Zoo Do the Right Thing? And Mom Face Charges?


With the recent killing of the Gorilla in which a 4 year old boy expressed interest in going into his domain an audio of him and cartaker (presumably his own mother) audio exists of the boy being very interested in the animal and dismissive of the unclear and argumentative warnings as the mother is well aware of his intentions as he is quite persistent with her on as to what exactly would have happened next. The mother shouldn't she have known as evident in the childs demeanour and verbal cues while already being in a environment ( the zoo) with an already heightened element of danger that already existed. Afterall wouldn't his mom know from previous experience and knowledge as his behavioural pattens and history of being a well mannered or unruly behaving child of hers?
Jun 13, 2016 @ 02:28 am

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I saw this story on the news the other day. I think they were saying the Zoo didn't set up barricade so that's why the child was able to get to the Gorilla.
Did they kill the Gorilla? They didn't really explained much on the news when I saw it, just the boy was in the Gorilla's domain.

I think it's both the Zoo and the Mother that were to blame if I was seeing the news correctly. You are right, the Mother should know her own child and watch him more closely. If a child is able to somehow get into the Gorilla's domain than the zoo needs to take more careful precautions and set up better barricades.

I remember being at the zoo in Thailand and the animals were pretty exotic and you literally could only look at the animals. There are tampered proof glass all around, so no way visitors could touch or go near the animals.
Jun 13, 2016 @ 02:47 am


The fault lies with the zoo.

Whether the mum should have paid more attention or not, is irrelevant, as anyone who isn't a full time carer for that particular child, doesn't know the difficulty or stress of it. A child (or adult) should never be able to access the enclosure of a wild animal.

That being said, it was the right choice to shoot poor Harambe, because if it was your child...well how would you feel then? The zoo did what they had to at the time to protect a child from a wild animal, but the situation should never have got to that stage.

Juju: Yup, they shot the gorilla as they could not be sure how he would react and he did not leave the enclosure when called like the females did. Furthermore tranquilisers would have made him unstable and further risked hurting the kid.

A sad end, but at least the kid is ok!
Jun 13, 2016 @ 03:15 am


I think that they should have blamed the parents. It is not right to harm and animal because of peoples wrong doing.
Jun 29, 2016 @ 08:45 pm

no surprise

It happens all the time. just because of a careless uncaring stupid person not being smart enough to keep a child safe, an animal ends up getting killed. This to me is just not right.Chances are it wasn't a wake up call for the parent as she will probably go on being non chalantly stupid and unoblivious to the surroundings.
Jul 04, 2016 @ 06:24 am


oblivious not unoblivious
Jul 04, 2016 @ 06:25 am


I agree with wonderwhatif.
Everyone is so quick to be judgemental to the parents and obviously those are the people that don't have toddlers and don't understand how quick things can happen.
What it comes down to it there should be no possible way for a child to get into an animal enclosure. Zoos are meant for families so they should be safe for children.
Shame on those who blame the parents. What if the child died? Would you still blame them and be happy the gorilla was saved.
Jul 04, 2016 @ 09:39 am

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