While the zoo stands by its decision to kill Harambe instead of shooting him with a tranquilizer, many believe that it acted in an extreme manner and that the gorilla was being protective towards the boy rather than threatening. In 1986, the world was stunned when 5-year-old Levan Merritt fell into the Gorilla Enclosure at Jersey Zoo in the Channel Islands and was protected by a gorilla named Jambo.
The Cincinnati Zoo posted condolences on their Facebook page to everyone who was touched by the passing of Harambe.
On Saturday morning, the zoo housed 11 western lowland gorillas.
Ten years earlier, in September 1986, a British boy named Levan Merritt fell into a gorilla pit at the Durrell Wildlife Park on Jersey island in the English Channel.
Maynard said the zoo has received messages of support and condolences from around the world, including from other zoo directors and gorilla experts.
Rochester’s Zoo Director isn’t commenting on the process followed at the Cincinnati Zoo when an endangered gorilla was shot and killed after a young boy fell into its enclosure.
Asked about holding a vigil for a gorilla on Memorial Day, Seta said he had no choice because of his and other supporters’ work schedules.
Budkie did not place blame on the boy’s mother, noting that any parent can lose track of a child for a short period of time. “Because this mother couldn’t watch/control her child, a nearly extinct gorilla is now dead“.
Trump said it was “a very tough call”, but the child’s life was at stake.
A Cincinnati Zoo’s special response team Saturday killed a gorilla to protect a 4-year-old boy who had entered its exhibit.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters released a statement on Tuesday saying the Cincinnati Police Department is involved. One of the zoo’s silverback gorillas, an endangered species, moved toward the child, eventually grabbing his foot and dragging him across the enclosure.
His family said in a statement Sunday that the boy was home and doing fine.
According to an article in USA Today, the Cincinnati Zoo does not intend to press charges over the death of the gorilla. However, spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardey says police are reviewing the matter and continuing to gather information.
Harambe commandeered the child for ten minutes before the ape was shot to death by order of zoo authority. He is 3, not 4.
Federal reports showed an inspector warned the zoo that the public could have been “at great risk for injury, harm or death” on March 16 when two polar bears went through an open den door into a behind-the-scenes service hallway.
The area around the gorilla exhibit was closed off Saturday afternoon as zoo visitors reported hearing screaming. The animal then picked the child up out of the moat and dragged him to another spot inside the exhibit, zoo officials said.
Locally, community members took to social media immediately after news broke of the death of 17-year-old Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical.
Sorel says the most important safety guideline for guests at the zoo, is to stay on the path.
The executive director of a Cincinnati-based animal rights organization is calling on the USDA to fine the zoo.