The entire story makes me sad.
I hate that a primate was killed; in particular an endangered one. I feel bad for the parents. And truthfully, I hate zoo's.
It's all tragic.
I saw some nasty comments around the net myself.
I just thought to write 'And if it was your child?' but I didn't bother. A$$holes aren't good for the blood pressure.
I know if it was my child I'd be a useless, vomiting, mess.
All I could see was my 4 yr old in the gorilla's arms and I'm 100% sure I'd want the keepers to do whatever it took to get him back to safety.
Can you imagine the news today if both animal and child were dead.
In saying that, I don't think the Gorilla looked like it was going to hurt him but he was certainly becoming agitated with the screams from the crowd and he could have very easily killed him accidentally.
When I saw him being pulled through the water that's when my stomach flipped, thinking he could drown or just get a bad knock on the head and be killed.
Best outcome would be for both to still be alive, worst would be both dead so, although it's a horrible end to a beautiful creature's life, it is the best outcome given what might have been.
I'm interested to see if the actual enclosure was poorly designed though.
If there's fingers t be pointed it has to be with that?
No matter how wilful a 4yr old is, it just shouldn't be possible for them to climb or fall in.
As a animal lover I am saddened by the death of a animal (particularly a endangered one) but as a mother of a boisterous toddler who is hard to keep in one place I do know how easy it is for something to happen in a split second. I don't have any opinion on the situation just a feeling of sadness. Although I would like to know why gorillas are kept in open enclosures? Does anyone know? I have been to a zoo where there is only a waist high barrier and moat separating the people from the gorillas and wondered then if it was enough and obviously it's not
Totally the fault of the zoo for not having the enclosure properly sealed off to the standards of keeping a 4 year old out!!! It's a commercial park with safety standards that is designed to attract thousands of tourists a year, it's not the wilderness somewhere. They totally did the right thing in killing the gorilla, I remember a story a few years back of a kid getting their arm torn off by a chimp when the child stood in front of a fence and the chimp reached through. (Actually that must have been a loooong time ago but I'm willing to bet the zoo changed their enclosure rather than telling parents to keep a better eye on their kids).
So SO sad the gorilla died, really tragic and such a beautiful animal that didn't deserve to die. But it could have been so much worse.
Last edited by Bongley; 31-05-2016 at 13:52.
freak accident, could happen to any of us. sad an animal had to die but the safety of a child is more important.
It's just a sad accident and fortunately the child is ok, I'm sure the mum feels horrible , I'm not a zoo fan so don't think wild animals should be caged to start with , but they didn't really have a choice but to kill it to protect the child
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