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DisWay
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Posted On: 2016-05-31 12:59:09
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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 :(

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Boots61
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11 months 1 week ago

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.

It just makes me mad!!!
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greenprinting
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11 months 2 weeks ago

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.
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ThinkDeep
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11 months 2 weeks ago

So what is your Judgment on this event?
I mean it is easy to point the finger of blame when you are on Two sides of the same
issue.

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7 months 2 weeks ago

We had 4 children at the zoo all under the age of 10. You loving keep your children in
line. Teach them discipline.


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prophet
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11 months 2 weeks ago

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.
Kind regards,
John Romer
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ThinkDeep
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11 months 2 weeks ago

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 .

prophet
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11 months 2 weeks ago

Regarding the mother's liability, the matter will be decided by the Judge and the
Solicitors following a thorough investigation of the incident.
Regards,
John Romer

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11 months 2 weeks ago

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 :)


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Coirsolutions
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11 months 3 weeks ago

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
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DisWay
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11 months 3 weeks ago

Did you not have similar situation happen to a British boy in a UK Zoo, but the Zoo
Authorities in UK did not shoot the Gorilla? And instead calm him down until they could
remove the Boy!

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11 months 3 weeks ago

That is the British way cool, measured and doing the right thing; unlike the trigger happy
americans who would kill anything that moved!

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11 months 3 weeks ago

I disagree that Americans are trigger happy and will kill anything that moves - boo on you
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sekure
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11 months 2 weeks ago

The evidence is there to see, unfortunately - get rid of the guns you don't need them, try
reason, commonsense and language to proof your point!

barista
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11 months 2 weeks ago

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.


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sekure
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11 months 3 weeks ago

The negligent parents should be punished not the Gorilla. Literaly another example of overkill!
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Yes2goodideas
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11 months 3 weeks ago

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.

sekure
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11 months 3 weeks ago

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.

Yes2goodideas
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11 months 3 weeks ago

Well have you been a parent?
Kids do the darnest things. I mean you cannot restrain them at all time, and it is only
Human that sometime they may do something stupid, as this Kid did.

sekure
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11 months 3 weeks ago

Yes! One of course cannot restrain them all the time but if the parents had a modecum of
intelligence they would have realised that in the situation they were in (wild animals)
they should.

DisWay
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11 months 3 weeks ago

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.

sekure
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11 months 3 weeks ago

Fair point, but it is a legal obligation to wear seat belts in cvase you do have a RTA.


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11 months 3 weeks ago

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.
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DisWay
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11 months 3 weeks ago

Well you know Nature is not a Walk in Park either. That is Animals are Killed in far
greater numbers in the Nature, by other Animals, than by Humans in a Zoo.

Yes2goodideas
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11 months 3 weeks ago

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.

sekure
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11 months 2 weeks ago

One could of course argue that humans are killed every day on the roads - a bit of a
facile argument, me thinks!


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bentcorp
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11 months 3 weeks ago

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.
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DisWay
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11 months 3 weeks ago

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"

sekure
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11 months 3 weeks ago

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.


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