The mother of a 3-year-old boy who got into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit will not face charges, an Ohio prosecutor said on Monday. But the zoo is going to build a more secure fence to keep the public out of the enclosure.
Well, I hate to say but I will: I was right. Cincinnati Zoo have seen the light and decided that the root cause of the killing of their prized 17-year-old silverback gorilla was an inadequate barrier around the enclosure which allowed a young boy to get through. If that had not happened there would have been no story.
There was absolutely no prospect of the mother facing criminal charges because what she did – lost track of her boy at a zoo – happens tens of thousands of times annually. It is just so commonplace that it can’t be seen to be criminal behavior.
The barrier had passed many inspections. All of them were inadequate. The basic methodology was wrong, I suspect. They probably wanted to keep the barrier to an absolute minimum to give the impression that the gorillas were not in a prison but in the wild to enhance profits.
There is nothing much more to write about this. Ultimately, the zoo were negligent is allowing the tragedy to take place. Their behavior is not bad enough to be deemed criminal and no one can sue them in tort unless one of the female gorillas is good at civil law remedies…..