Yesterday news broke of an incident that occurred at the Cincinnati Zoo that involved a Gorilla being put down after a child fell into the enclosure. The world is furious with the mother of the child, as well as the zoo, for the death of the 17-year-old 400lb Gorilla named Harambe. But who are we to judge the Cincinnati Zoo mother?
Harambe, a Western Lowland Gorilla, is a critically endangered species, so I totally get the uproar. What I don’t understand is when did everyone suddenly become the perfect human, the perfect parent, the perfect member of society, that they can pass judgment onto another. To top things off, everyone is suddenly an animal expert too. After watching a video or two people have concluded that the Gorilla was actually trying to help the child and didn’t appear to want to cause harm to the child – a tranquilizer should have been used instead.
Who Are We To Judge The Cincinnati Zoo Mother?
Allegedly the child stated he wanted to go into the water. Allegedly the mother wasn’t watching the child. Allegedly the Harambe the Gorilla was going to do harm to the child and there was no other option but to shoot him, a decision not made lightly by the zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team. Allegedly the zoo has never had an issue like this in 38 years. There’s a lot of assumptions/allegations circling the internet about this incident. And we all know what happens when people assume things.
Supposedly this is a photo of the so-called barrier surrounding the enclosure protecting patrons from the exhibit.
How long do you think it would take a little one to squeeze through those two wires and slip into or down the bushes and into the enclosure?
I’m sorry to say there seems nothing safe about this. The way the barrier is described by the zoo makes it seem as if it’s a fool-proof safety rail with a wire mesh backing and endless yards of bushes. What I see is the perfect entry way for a small child to step through, trip on a bush and fall straight down into the enclosure. In fact I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner.
The mother didn’t encourage her child to go into the enclosure, nor did she purposely put him in harm’s way. Could she have bent down to pick up something her child had dropped? Could she have been attending to the other child with her? A reader posted a screenshot of a witness account in which it says the boy just slipped away from the mother. Update: Here’s another posting of a witness account of the event.
I am happy to hear that the boy is doing well and came away unharmed. I am sorry that Harambe had to lose his life. But I beg of everyone, please do not persecute this mother for being a parent. Who are we to judge the Cincinnati Zoo mother? Parenting isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being present. She was present at that zoo with her children when she could have just as easily been sitting in her home while her children sat glued to the television screen.
A couple of years ago in the toddler proof house of all toddler proof houses, my toddler ruined my perfect parenting record. In what seemed like seconds she managed to take all hope of me winning the mama of the year award when she ate a laundry pod. If you’ve never made a parenting mistake you likely aren’t yet a parent. So let’s drop the judgments, the accusations of horrible parenting and be thankful it wasn’t you or your child in this situation. Who are we to judge the Cincinnati Zoo mother?