In the United States, this is a pretty big deal right now. For those of you who don’t know here is a news snippet.
“The gorilla who grabbed a 4-year-old boy after he fell into the gorilla’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo has been shot and killed. Animal lovers are outraged that the gorilla, named Harambe, was slaughtered and have slammed the child’s parents for recklessness.” Hollywoodlife.com
OK, so that is a very brief synopsis of what happened. I encourage you to google it if you have the time. There are tons of news stories and videos.
It is all over my Facebook, friends with their various reactions. All over Twitter, comments about the parents and the zoo. There is even a petition right now being signed by 100’s of 1,000’s of people trying to get the kid taken away from his parents.
I am not 100% sure what it is that I think “should” have happened’. What I do know is that there simply has to be more to this story that hasn’t been published yet.
On Saturday Paul (my husband) and I took our 6 children to the zoo. Our youngest is 3 1/2 years old. While we were looking at the Gorilla, I thought “WTF” happened to that kid? How in the world did that kid make it all the way to the Gorilla? I mean we were at the Detroit Zoo, not the Cincinnati, but I imagine that the Gorilla habitat is made fairly similar.
First there is a fence around the ENTIRE habitat. Yes, it is a wooden fence with big enough gaps for a human to climb through, that part is true. Though, you would notice! Then if you made it through the fence, there is a good 25 feet (straight shot) or hundreds of feet if you wander around before you get to the Moat. How did that 4 year old make it through the fence and all the way to the edge of the grass, fall down the moat without ANYONE noticing?
Now, I get that you get distracted. That is life and we are humans. I keep extra attention on my kids at the zoo, way more than I do in most places because I have constant paranoia about all the stupid things that any of them could do. Though, even if you get distracted, how did no one else stop that child from climbing through the fence? Tell the Mom, hey your kid is…?
That is the part that I CAN NOT wrap my head around. I am very interested to know what you think?
Pic from Liveoutdoors.com