17-Year-Old Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Murdered after 4-Year-Old Kid Hops Fence into Enclosure
A holiday weekend outing at Cincinnati’s zoo turned doubly tragic Saturday when a 4-year-old boy was hospitalized after falling into a gorilla enclosure – and zoo workers had to kill the rare gorilla to protect the boy.
Cincinnati police and emergency crews responded to a report of a child falling into the exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden at about 4 p.m. Saturday. Police confirmed the child was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center near the zoo, and was treated for serious injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.
Cincinnati Zoo President Thane Maynard said the boy crawled through a barrier and fell an estimated 10 to 12 feet into the moat surrounding the habitat. He said the boy was not seriously injured by the fall.
This story sucks, there’s so much wrong with this and there’s so much I want to say about it, but I’ll keep my takes semi-brief.
First off, Cincinnati Zoo, what the fuck? What was the thought process behind making a fence that drops 12 feet into a goddamn GORILLA ENCLOSURE easy enough for a four-year-old kid to climb through? Especially when the majority of your guests are four-year-old kids. Not a great look, and you’re to blame, because now a beautiful endangered animal is dead.
I understand not being able to always keep track of a 4 year old, I understand you look away for 3 seconds and they’re up in a tree and you have no idea how, I get that. BUT if you take on the responsibility to bring your kid to the zoo or into a public place, it’s your responsibility to not lose the little fucker, especially in a Gorilla pit, that’s day one stuff.
Now for me the parent is at just as much fault as the Zoo, not even because the little four year old snuck out and you weren’t keeping an eye on him, the parent is at fault for not jumping in after him, but instead just screaming “Mommy’s here!!” Uhhh no you weren’t, if you were there you’d be hurdling that fence right in there with your son..
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a kid, per say. But I did own a black lab puppy last year for a little bit, and if that was Riley down in there being dragged across the enclosure I would have been over that fence quicker than you can say “Endangered Species”. I wouldn’t of had much of a plan after that, would’ve just winged it, but you’re mistaken if you think I wasn’t doing everything to save my dog, if it were to fall in a gorilla pit, which it wouldn’t because I’m a responsible dog owner…
Mainly, as a parent the only reason you jump in the pit to help is so you can avert any blame off your shoulders, old hockey trick. Also when that kid is older and mommy issues start arising, not jumping in after your kid to save him from a gorilla is what the therapist will be hearing about first. This is just another mom not thinking of her son’s future mental health, selfish.
The only hero in this story is the Gorilla, if you watch the video closely; Harambe is clearly protecting the kid. The animal didn’t do anything wrong, he never once caused intentional physical harm to the kid and if Tarzan ever taught us anything its that Gorilla’s ONLY take in humans as their own and raise them to be tree swinging monkey jungle men. Read a book, zookeepers, and then maybe this type of stuff wouldn’t happen.
Damn shame that this beautiful creature is no longer with us, in all honesty we should have just shot the parent and hung them from the gorilla enclosure to send a message to any other four-year-olds out there trying to go swimming with some Gorillas… Oh you want to play jungle with the animals?? Yeah well your parents will be shot dead and fed to the Lions, then their carcasses will hang from the closures like Christmas lights.
PS Gunny’s take on the parental aspect was confirmed true by a real-life mom