This past weeks dangerous and sad experience of a young boy who accidentally slipped into the Cincinatti Zoo and Botantical Garden’s gorilla enclosure has created controversy over animals in captivity. A western lowland gorilla was killed to save a young boy. The boy was in “imminent danger” leaving the zoo’s Animal Response team with no option but to shoot the 400 plus pound gorilla.
With so many critics of the mother, the zoo and the spectators who were panicked and creating a potentially worsening situation with their screams, it is easy to point the finger of blame all the away around.
There will most likely be weeks and maybe even years of discussion regarding this unfortunate incident, however, a child’s life was in danger and quick decision needed to be made.