Beyond the current political landscape, the most depressing story of the Memorial Day holiday was the BEYOND tragic story of Harambe, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. Harambe was minding his own business in his habitat at the zoo when a 4-year-old boy fell into the enclosure. Zookeepers panicked, and they got two female gorillas out of the enclosure but Harambe stayed close to the boy. Some say that the gorilla was acting violently or aggressively towards the child, although there’s new analysis of the footage that suggests that Harambe was holding the child’s hand and perhaps trying to protect the kid, at least initially. Instead of shooting Harambe with a tranquilizer to temporarily incapacitate him, zookeepers decided to kill him outright to save the 4-year-old.
The whole thing is absolutely a tragedy and quite honestly, there’s enough blame to go around. Many people have been going hard on the parents of this child, and many people have been questioning the zoo’s decision to kill Harambe. As of right now, the police are investigating the situation and the zoo says they will not press charges against the parents of this kid. Animal rights groups and animal rights activists will not be placated though, and honestly, I can’t blame them. The fact that this beautiful, endangered animal was killed because of human error (or a series of human errors) makes me sick. Here are some assorted celebrity reactions.
It seems that some gorillas make better parents than some people.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 29, 2016
Why was this Gorilla murdered ? No trial – no reason. No excuse. Who will prosecute ? Bri https://t.co/g1baEqwojC
— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) May 29, 2016
Kaley Cuoco, a long-time animal-rights activist, posted this on Instagram:
RIP #harambe Im sure I will get tons of backlash (per usual) I mean let's be honest, I wear the wrong sweatpants and the entire world has something to say about it, but once again , another senseless horrendous animal being killed over people not using their brains. If you watch the footage, you see this gorgeous animal holding that child's hand. Do with that ,what you will. As sad as this makes me, a part of me is happy for that amazing creature doesn't have to live in captivity another day. Bring on the hate!!!! 👍🏼
Photos courtesy of Instagram, WENN.