What do you think about Gorilla Shot in Cincinnati Zoo to save Boy?
What is your thought on the incident in the Cincinnati Zoo where this Gorilla was Shot Dead because a Boy had fallen into his enclosure.
Do you think the Mother of the Child should be criminally charged for Child neglect?
Do you think they could have tried other means such as tranquilizing the Gorilla?
I think the poor Gorilla did not do anything wrong to deserve to be Killed :(
Let me you tell this is not uncommon, I have seen so many irresponsible parents who would just abandon their child in a supermarket or anywhere. I've even seen a mother smoking a cigarette crossing a main road and not holding the hand of her toddler who was several feet behind her.
Have you ever been to the Cincinnati Zoo? You have to deliberately try to get into the enclosure.
A tranquilizer shot would have just pissed the gorilla off until it took effect.
The silver back gorilla can crush a coconut with one hand.
Know the facts before passing judgement.
I am certain that the majority of animal lovers were saddened when they saw the Gorilla shot dead. I am also certain that the whole world was relieved that the small child was not harmed. It was a bad situation full of diabolical coincidences. The Zoo keepers did not have much time, to plan for a diversion, or a distraction, to rescue the poor child. It was a time for quick thinking. A tranquilizer shot may not have been effective. So they decided to shoot him dead.
Yes, bu t he question is should the Mother be held liable for this tragic accident since she is the one who was grossly negligent in allowing her Child to get into the Gorilla enclosure given the fact that it is very very hard to get into this Gorilla enclosure .
But of courses we are here to say what we think. And pass judgment
Based on what we think. So what do you think? I tell you what I think: she should be held liable. Since she must have ignored her kids for at least 10 mins for him to get into that hard to get into enclosure. Case closed :)
It's sad the Gorilla was shot but they are the professionals so they did what they thought best.
You can't blame the parents it's the zoo's responsibility to make sure no one gets in like all health and safety
I think sekure makes a good point. Of course we all know that USA has a much higher instances of Gun violence compared to other countries due to glorification of Gun and Violence by US Media, from Fox to Hollywood, etc.
How do you know that the Parents were negligent and this was not just a 1 in a Million accident, where everything that could go wrong did?
And as far as shooting the Gorilla, as sad that is, it was just the only way among some very bad options.
It is patently evident that the parents did not exercise a duty of care. Why was not the 3 year old restrained - it isn't rocket science when you are exposing a child to wild animals to have them under restraint- it isn't a playground after all it was a zoo.
But this type of accident, that is Child jumping into Gorilla Cage happens at something like 1 per 10 Million people visiting Zoos. So base on that ratio it is far less common, far more of an accident than Car crashes. You dont see People calling for banning all drivers, because we have Car crashes.
This event demonstrates the ignorance of that zoo about gorilla behaviour. It also shows the trigger-happy attitude of Americans in general. The main issue is that animal behaviour is not applied to the keeping of such animals in captivity. They are they as exhibits only and not for the benefit of this endangered species. It's a prime example of why so many zoos are not good and a problem. This I have put onto the Twitter page of animal biology and care. We do a course on zoo animal welfare which is based on behaviour and its necessity for proper captive animal care and welfare.
DisWay, very true. To all the People who are screaming all over that: "look this is proof that Animals in captivity, in Zoo, cannot be guaranteed safety...." Exactly as you noted, what do they think life is like for the Animals in the Wild! They will be Killed by every predator that can kill them, lets not even talk about drought, etc. other Natural causes. Really, people need to be more realistic.
yes, I think the mother should be prosecuted for child neglect - parents need to take more respnsibility for watching their children, particularly around a zoo with dangerous animals present - I think it is a total shame the gorilla was shot and killed; seems like they could have tranquilized the animal??? but i'm sure they feared for the child's life.
Come on! Are you serious. How can you know what the Mother was really going through to suggest that she was so negligent to be "prosecuted for child neglect "!
I mean for all been there where for various reason a Child does something so un-explainable. Even best of Mothers can make mistakes and take their Eye for a Minute off their child. Not that I am saying she was best of Mothers.
As to your other point, yest totally agree that is was "total shame the gorilla was killed"
The worst scenario would have been that the childs limbs were ripped apart from his fragile body. There was not sufficient time to have a discussion on the pros and cons of what to do. Decisive action has to be taken one way or another. It was a difficult call to make. However, this would not have happened had the child being restrained, given the dangerous situation that it had been exposed to by its parents.