Parents under fire after gorilla enclosure fall
It’s enough to terrify any parent, the thought of little one ending up trapped with animal during a trip to the zoo. So have you heard how a four-year-old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure? The parents are now being accused of neglect.
The frightening incident at Cincinnati Zoo led to the 17-year-old gorilla, an endangered species called Harambe, being shot dead to the outcry of animal lovers on social media. Zoo officials said a tranquiliser dart wouldn’t have acted fast enough.
Some blamed the parents for the event, saying the mum and dad should have been keeping a better eye on their boy. While others said the zoo should be accountable for the gorilla’s death, arguing the animal was actually trying to protect the youngster.
The boy’s mum Michelle Gregg said her son suffered no broken bones or internal injuries, and walked away with concussion and a few scrapes.
In a post on Facebook, reported by the Metro, she defended her actions saying “accidents can happen”. “As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids,” she wrote. “Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today.”
Police have confirmed they are investigating whether to charge them with neglect.
We’re just glad the boy wasn’t hurt more seriously.