The killing of a male gorilla in the United States on Saturday in case of his potential threat to a boy has triggered controversies.
The 17-year-old gorilla was shot dead by the Cincinnati zoo in the northeastern America of Ohio, after picking up and grabbing a boy who had accidentally crawled through the barrier and fell into the moat surrounding the gorilla’s territory. After 10 minutes of the unnamed 4-year-old boy’s exposure to the 181kg adult gorilla called Harambe, the zoo’s danger response team deemed the situation life-threatening and chose to “put down, or shoot Harambe”, according to the zoo’s director Thane Maynard.
The death of Haramba, a Western lowland gorilla listed as an endangered animal species, has caused controversies. A petition on the website change.org signed by over 2,000 people criticized the zoo’s deadly action and blamed the child’s parents for their negligent supervision.EditorDesk | Published On:May 30, 2016