In a shocking incident, a rare and highly endangered Gorilla was shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 4-year-old child crawled through a barrier and fell into a gorilla enclosure.
The mother of the child was tending other kids when the unattended boy got under the safety rail, crawled through the wires and climbed over the moat wall. Before his mother could stop him, he fell into a shallow ditch.
Panicky visitors screamed in alarm as the 400-pound animal towered over the four-year kid. Unaware of the danger, the child just sat and stared at the gigantic ape that touched the child’s hand and back.
It seemed as though the wild animal helped the youngster stand up. Many felt the wild beast was trying to protect the boy before he became panicky by the by the screams of onlookers. He picked the boy and to another spot inside the exhibit, zoo officials said.
This was when the center’s dangerous-animal response team decided to respond fearing the child’s safety and shot dead the ape name Harambe. It was not wise to tranquilize the animal as many felt because they take a long time to act, and anything could have happened to the kid.
Harambe, a western lowland gorilla — a gravely endangered species was unnecessary had the parents of the boy been more attentive.
A gorilla has been shot dead after a boy fell into its zoo enclosure. The 4-year-old is set to make a full recovery.https://t.co/9VSauoap7D
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) May 29, 2016
It also bought into fore the question of keeping animals in enclosures for humans to gawk. There has been similar incident in the past also-
• On May 22, Santiago Metropolitan Zoo officials killed two lions after a deranged man had jumped into the lion’s enclosure.
• In 2014, a 3-year-old kid fell into the big cat exhibit enclosure at the Little Rock Zoo. Officials drove away the cat using a fire extinguisher and saved the child.
• In 2015 a 2-year old boy accidently fell into a cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Thankfully officials were able to get the kid out.
“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)” in a statement once again denounced the setting up of exhibits of wild animals in the light of the unnecessary death of the endangered animal.
What do you think; the parents must be penalized for their carelessness or better be charged for animal slaughter? Please give your views in the comments section.