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Everyone has been talking about this gorilla named Harambe who was killed in the Cincinnati zoo after violently dragging a four year old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit. If you haven’t seen the video yet, it’s insanely frightening:
Ho-lee cow. When I see stuff like this it make me wonder how Robin Williams survived all those years in the jungle in Jumanji.
According to the Daily Mail, “the small child said he wanted to get in the water before the incident, to which the mother, who was also watching several other children, replied: ‘No, you’re not, no, you’re not,’ according to one witness Kim O’Connor.”
Our thoughts on this are simple – it was a tragic situation that never should’ve happened, but OBVIOUSLY they had to shoot the gorilla. Obviously. You can blame the mother all you want for “negligence,” and you certainly have a point. But once that boy was in the moat, and once that gorilla started dragging him around like a rag doll, there was only one thing that mattered – ensuring the boy’s safety. Anyone with a child would feel the same exact way if it was their kid in that pit. You shoot first and ask questions later. The gorilla’s death would be tragic, but five years from now no one will be visiting his grave and crying about it. That child’s death would’ve been a tragedy of epic proportions. The only way to ensure the safety of the child was to put down the gorilla. It sucks, but it is what it is.
If you have a four year old boy, then you know that they are reckless, dangerous creatures who are CONSTANTLY looking for ways to commit suicide. That’s all four year old boys do. It’s your job as a parent to make sure they are not successful. But the fact of the matter is that this happened very quickly, and despite the fact that the mother specifically told him not to several times, he ignored her and did what he wanted to do anyway. Because that’s what four year old boys do sometimes.
The Internet’s rage has collectively turned towards the mother, Michelle Gregg, for allowing this to happen. Let’s check out some of these reasonable opinions on the matter:
First of all, the parent didn’t “drop their kid in there.” They told him not to but he went in anyway, because he’s a four year old boy. Secondly, the gorilla isn’t as dangerous as a lion? Is this a joke? It’s 400 pounds of raw muscle. It’s a wild freaking animal and it hasn’t taken a course on concussion protocol. Was he planning on eating the child? Of course not. But the fact of this is NOT a Disney movie. Even by trying to protect the child and do what comes naturally to him, Harambe could have killed him in an instant.
Oh yea, the child wasn’t in danger or anything like that. Sure, the gorilla took him on a 30 mph ride through a shallow moat while he screamed in horror. But he was perfectly safe the entire time. Yea, that’s what happened.
Newsflash – they are trained, and they did exactly what they were trained to do. Have you ever been to Cincinnati? I’d rather be dead too.
Yea, that’s what they were doing. They were texting. Because everyone is always texting.
This makes no sense? Really? How dumb do you have to be for this not to make sense to you? Why was the animal being held accountable? I dunno, maybe because he violently dragged a four year old around a stone zoo exhibit. That might’ve had something to do with it. Not sure, we’ll get back to you on that one.
I love how everyone is a gorilla expert now. Almost as much as I love how everyone is a tranquilizer expert now. Newsflash – tranquilizers are not instantaneous. When animals get tranquilized it takes some time for it to get into their system before they are knocked out. In the mean time, what did you thin that gorilla was gonna do? Give the kid a bubble bath? Read him a book? No, he was gonna lose his mind and probably knock the kid out on accident. Duh.
He was “carefully” looking after the child? Yea, because I know that when I’m “carefully” looking after Turtleboy Jr. I grab him by his hair and drag him around the Blackstone Canal.
Yup, that seems like a reasonable thing to say.
Oh yes, you’re so saddened by the death of this gorilla that you’ve decided to profit off of it. Yup, you’re not a complete fraud or anything like that.
Anyway, we don’t all know the whole story. If Mom and Dad were completely ignoring the kid and he jumped into the pit, that’s one thing. But from what we’ve read the mother had other children with her, and as anyone with more than one kid knows, shit happens sometimes. Right when Turtleboy Jr. started walking, I lost site of him in the house for 15-20 seconds. Couldn’t find him. I go over to the stairs and he’s already climbed them all. Do you realize how shitty you feel as a parent when that happens? What if he had fallen? I didn’t even know he could climb a stair, never mind a whole flight of them. If he had fallen right before the top, I’d be the Internet villain Dad.
There are close calls in American households almost every single day. I can’t count how many times I’ve stopped Turtleboy Jr. right before he got the bright idea to run into the middle of traffic after a ball, go sledding down a flight of stairs, or stick a fork in the toaster. Seriously, I feel like 99% of parents have saved one of their children from immediate death right in the nick of time. It’s a parenting instinct. Unfortunately this was one of those times where the parents didn’t react in time. I simply cannot blame these parents in good conscience, knowing how many time Turtleboy Jr. has come close to killing himself.
The only thing I will say is this – no freaking way am I just standing there watching that gorilla drag my kid around. I’m in that pit in a split second. It’s just instinct. You can’t stand there and watch your kid get killed. Can’t do it. So I guess that’s my only question here – why didn’t Mom or Dad jump in the pit?
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