Now, what I have taken from the loss of the great silverback is one of sorrow, but also necessity. I have read the recent article written by a gorilla keeper about the unpredictability of these seemingly gentle giants. And a screaming child in the moat was probably not putting this mighty ape at ease. In my unscientific, but personal opinion, Harambe had to be put down as the quickest and safest way to end that horrible situation. These are not trained circus animals (or animals who have intermingled with humans since birth like Koko the sign language Gorilla)... these are unpredictable creatures of nature who have set up and see themselves controlling their environment... artificial as it may be. Seemingly to some, he may have looked as if he was protecting the child, but to the trained eye (as stated by the experienced gorilla keeper) Harambe could have crushed, bitten or torn the little boy apart in the wink of an eye... and in public view. There was no alternative plan other than to follow the emergency protocol.
Though Harambe will be greatly missed by zoo visitors, I truly believe the Cincinnati Zoo followed the right procedure... the correct steps for such a situation... the best one until a better one can be implemented ...for the safety of all creatures involved.
Be sure to read my other works!
Download or Stream Classic Movies
Creative Kids Talent Workshop