17-year-old western lowland gorilla, was killed but Cincinnati Zoo staff members after a 4-year-old boy slipped through the exhibit’s barrier in to the gorilla’s enclosure.
In this video of the encounter posted to Twitter, a woman can be heard calling to the sobbing child: “Mommy loves you! I’m right here!”
— Amber Soler (@Amber_Soler) May 29, 2016
After about 10 excruciating minutes, witnesses said, zoo workers shot and killed the animal, named Harambe. The boy, who was hurt but not severely, was taken to a hospital, according to the zoo officials.
But many believe that this was a result of the ‘neglecting’ parents that forced the zoo staff to kill Harambe. Many believe that he was in fact protecting the kid. But the video shows him dragging the kid, Harambe’s intentions were not clear.
More than twenty thousand people have joined a Facebook group ‘Justice for Harambe‘,and several took to twitter to express their thoughts.
— Bialystock & Bloom (@lisarpepper) May 30, 2016
— Dylan (@Saberr_) May 30, 2016
— Simar Ahluwalia (@sahluwal) May 29, 2016
— John (@flashzonephoto) May 29, 2016
I'm far from being a tree-hugger, but lowland gorillas are endangered and stupid people aren't.
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) May 29, 2016