Zookeeper Explains What Harambe The Gorilla Was REALLY Doing With That Child.
She explained that the zookeepers did what they had to do in this terrifying situation, but lessons can be learned for the future.
Looking at this image, it's difficult to imagine any other option that would keep this boy 100% safe, other than shooting Harambe. It's sad, but the lesson here has to be about what can be done to prevent it from happening again.
O'Donoughue continued with her explanation.
"I can't point fingers at anyone in this situation, but we need to really evaluate the safety of the animal enclosures from the visitor side. Not impeding that view is a tough on, but there should be no way that someone can find themselves inside an animal's exhibit."
It's true: It's the zoo's responsibility to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.
Whether that means improving enclosures, or perhaps even just getting rid of zoos altogether, remains to be seen.
For now, animal and gorilla lovers simply want to honor Harambe's memory.
And O'Donoughue wants to make sure that no one gets the wrong idea about these beautiful, endangered creatures.
Her were her final words in honor of Harambe's memory.
"I know one thing for sure, those keepers lost a beautiful, and I mean gorgeous silverback and friend. I feel their loss with them this week. As educators and conservators of endangered species, all we can do is shine a light on the beauty and majesty of these animals in hopes to spark a love and a need to keep them from vanishing from our planet. Child killers, they are not."
Next, watch how gentle this gorilla is with a caterpillar.
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