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Parents In Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Shooting Continue To Receive Backlash

A frightening scene that unfolded at the Cincinnati Zoo this past weekend resulted in the shooting of a 17-year-old silverback gorilla named Harambe. As Daily Mall reports, there’s plenty of backlash flying round, but perhaps none more so than that which is directed at the parents who may have been able to prevent the whole thing.

Unbeknownst to Deonne Dickerson and Michelle Gregg, their four-year-old son managed to crawl through a barrier at the gorilla’s exhibit, and fell into the enclosure where the gorilla resided. The gorilla quickly found the boy, and seemed to alternate between being protective and a potential threat.

Zookeepers were forced to act, and feared that a tranquilizer would take too long to administer. The gorilla was shot and killed, and there are now plenty of questions flying around with how things were handled by all parties, starting with the boy’s parents.

“I do think there's a degree of responsibility they have to be held to. You have to be watching your children at all times,” said Kate Villanueva, who has started a ‘Justice for Harambe’ page.

The parents have released a statement on the incident, in which they expressed thanks to the zoo staff and asked for privacy.

Source: Mail Online

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