The Latest on the killing of a gorilla after a child fell into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo (all times local):
Source: The Latest: Police to probe circumstances of gorilla’s death but no charges are planned – The Washington Post
Not only are the police investigating what happened, the Cincinnati-based Stop Animal Exploitation NOW says the Dept. of Agriculture should fine the zoo because they were responsible for the death of the gorilla. And the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service are looking into the incident. It does not stop there.
As for the zoo’s management they are reviewing the zoos security arrangements to see if improvements can be made. I am afraid to tell them that improvements can be made. The facts speak for themselves. A boy got through the barrier. That clearly indicates failure.
However, in defence of the zoo the Gorilla World exhibit was inspected in April and it passed. Sorry, but I have to conclude that the inspection was not good enough.
The boy’s mother said it was an accident and she thanks God that her boy was saved. Others say that it was not an accident but careless parenting.
The problem was caused by a combination of poor parenting (although I realise mothers can’t be perfect) and less than adequate security arrangements at the zoo. The latter is the key issue as no matter how poor parenting is, if the barrier was 100% failsafe the gorilla would be alive today.
Donald Trump says the zoo did the right thing in shooting the gorilla – for what it’s worth.
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