This Gorilla Was Shot And Killed After Protecting Child Who Had Fallen Into Cage

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This gorilla looks like it was actually protecting a child who had fallen into it’s enclosure, when it was shot and killed.

This video doesn’t show allot, but what it does show is a massive Gorilla protecting a small child after it had fallen into it’s enclosure. The child can be heard screaming while the Gorilla grabs at him. But something tells me this Gorilla, if left alone would have done a better job watching  and protecting this child than his irresponsible mother. The mother who reportedly had so many kids with her at the zoo that day she could not have possibly attend to all of them. Which helps to answer the question, how did this child end up in this Gorilla’s enclosure to begin with? It was even reported that his mother was heard telling the young boy, “no you can’t go into the water with the Gorillas.”

Sadly, Harambe the Lowland Gorilla was ultimately shot and killed to “save the child’s life.” Which is not a surprise to me, in reality this 450 pound gorilla could have turned and killed this child in a fraction of a second, after all it is a wild animal.

Thousands of people are taking to social media channels today to express their disgust with the zoo’s decision to use deadly force to save this child, like these people are zoologists, or animal experts! The majority of the people taking to the web are suggesting the zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team could have tranquilized the massive 450 pound, Lowland Gorilla. According to the educated and trained experts at the zoo, sedation was not an option. “Tranquilizers do not take effect for several minutes and the child was in imminent danger. On top of that, the impact from the dart could agitate the animal and cause the situation to get much worse,”

The boy, who was just 3 years old was taken to the hospital after being pulled from the enclosure. Reportedly he was treated for serious, but not life threatening injuries and was released from the hospital.

Original Story: WHIO News

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