Zookeeper Explains What Harambe The Gorilla Was REALLY Doing With That Child.
A few weeks ago, the unthinkable happened at the Cincinnati Zoo. A mother was at the zoo with her young son when she turned her back to him, just for a moment. During that brief window of time, he crawled into the bushes and over a fence, falling into the Silverback gorilla enclosure below.
Zookeepers sprang to action right away, coaxing out most of the female gorillas into another part of the enclosure. But one gorilla that did not budge was Harambe, a male Silverback who was startled, and went straight for the little boy. He didn't attack, but his behavior quickly turned into something terrifying, and the zookeepers had a terrible choice to make.
Now, one animal expert wanted to explain that choice -- and offer some insight into what Harambe might have really been going through. Her words are eye-opening -- and might make you think twice about zoos, safety, and the animals they are supposed to protect.
Controversy hit the world of animal lovers recently, for the worst possible reason.
After a child fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, the endangered Silverback gorilla Harambe had to be killed to save him.
What's done is done, but some animal experts are trying to make sense of it all.
That's why a zookeeper and expert named Amanda O'Donoughue wanted to give her opinion on what really happened that day.
Here's what she had to say.
"In recent decades, zoos have begun to redesign enclosures, removing all obvious caging and attempting to create a seamless view of the animals for the visitor to enjoy... that is great until little children begin falling into exhibits."
She claims that Harambe was putting on a display after the crowd started screaming -- he was scared, but he didn't want to hurt anyone.
"Male gorillas do very elaborate displays when highly agitated, slamming and dragging things about. It was clear to me that he was reacting to screams from the crowd."
She also explains why they didn't use tranquilizers.
If the zookeepers had chosen to use tranquilizers, it would have taken the drugs too long to kick in -- possibly further agitating the animal or causing him to fall on the little boy.
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