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Old 29th May 2016, 16:33
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Were they right to shoot it?

A 4 year old boy crawled through a fence into a gorilla's enclosure, so the (endangered species) gorilla was shot.
Where were the kid's parents at the time, while he was getting into the enclosure? I suppose they would have sued the zoo for millions if the gorilla had hurt him.

Cincinnati zoo gorilla shot dead as boy falls into enclosure - BBC News
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Old 29th May 2016, 16:37
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Should have shot the parents.
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Old 29th May 2016, 16:45
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Gunfire is only a reflexive response in bad areas. It is not the best option.

There are other, more intelligent, ways.


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Old 29th May 2016, 16:45
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Probably not, but
I suppose they would have sued the zoo for millions if the gorilla had hurt him.
therein lies the answer.
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Old 29th May 2016, 18:56
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You're an expert in the field I take it from your declaritive statement?
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Would a tranquilizer take to long to disable an animal?
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Old 29th May 2016, 19:39
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Zoo staff in a no-win situation.

Mother of the child should be charged and made to pay for a new gorilla.
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Santiago zoo: Two lions shot dead after mauling naked man who entered enclosure | Americas | News | The Independent

Same happened with a couple of lions too. ]

We stick the poor buggers into a zoo, then shoot them.
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Old 29th May 2016, 22:26
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World populations (estimated)

Gorillas (all species) <150,000 and falling
Homo sapiens >7 billion and rising

And they still shot the gorilla!
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Old 29th May 2016, 22:30
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This gorilla was 17 and the average gorilla life expectancy is 35-40 years.
The boy was 4.
In the wheel of life the great ape dies.
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Old 29th May 2016, 22:34
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I assumed they were aiming for the kid, but missed and hit the gorilla.

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Mother of the child should be charged and made to pay for a new gorilla.
Totally agree.

Difficult one this, unlike the idiot who climbed into the lion's enclosure, when the keepers should definitely have shot him but maybe in this case they should just have left the boy to the care of the gorilla until he could be rescued, after all, there are comments that the mother told him not to, so if he died it would have been a self inflicted injury, like running across the road without looking. They have to learn and sometimes the lessons are hard.
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Old 30th May 2016, 00:11
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There are other, more intelligent, ways.
Er, can you name two or three?

Would a tranquilizer take to long to disable an animal?
Yes it would, especially when the little boy was being tossed around like a rag doll by the 400-500 pound gorilla.

Where were the kid's parents at the time, while he was getting into the enclosure?
The mother was right there. The little boy had said that he wanted to go into the water several times and she said, no. Then she turned around to her other children and in he went. You have to have been there or have had determined little children to fully understand.

Gorillas (all species) <150,000 and falling
Homo sapiens >7 billion and rising

And they still shot the gorilla!
With thoughts like that the proportions may soon reverse.

Mother of the child should be charged and made to pay for a new gorilla.
Easy to say, but you aren't his Mother, nor were you present when it happened.

We stick the poor buggers into a zoo, then shoot them.
Only when they become threatening, the Cincinnati Zoo has been a leading zoo in the US breeding and raising gorillas, especially when the mothers reject their babies.
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A statement released on the behalf of the boy's family by Gail Myers Public Relations, LLC said the following:

The family of the child who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo has issued the following statement: The family is granting no interviews.
"We are so thankful to the Lord that our child is safe. He is home and doing just fine. We extend our heartfelt thanks for the quick action by the Cincinnati Zoo staff. We know that this was a very difficult decision for them, and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla. We hope that you will respect our privacy at this time."
This is the only statement that will be issued. Thank you.

Lt. Steve Saunders, a Cincinnati police spokesman, said there are no plans to charge the parents.

A Change.org titled "Justice for Harambe" is looking for signatures if you are so inclined, Harambe was the gorilla's name.
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Old 30th May 2016, 03:23
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I would like to think it would have been possible to aim a high powered rifle at the Gorillas head and wait until it looked like doing damage, then and only then would you pull the trigger. I realise it's a split second decision, but I know if it was me holding the rifle I would have had tears running down my face, so maybe not an option.
A very sad incident indeed.

That little boy will have to live the rest of his life with the thought that the Gorilla is dead because of what he did.

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Old 30th May 2016, 04:05
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The Zoo stated that the time lapse between being shot with a tranquiliser & nodding off was too long & too risky for the boy.

Lets hope that the boy grows up to lead a long & useful life, perhaps looking after wildlife eh?
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Old 30th May 2016, 07:26
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If you humans had never caged the gorilla and then wound the beast up by screaming like a troop of deranged chimpanzees when something unusual happened, nothing would have.
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Old 30th May 2016, 07:32
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Spot on, cavorting.
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So a 4 year old can climb into the gorilla compound!

Cheaper to shoot the talent than build a better enclosure.

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