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Today on Turtleboy Tuesdays the first thing Cruisin Bruce and Uncle Turtleboy talked about was Harambe the gorilla, who OBVIOUSLY had to be put down when he endangered the life of a four year old boy who fell into his zoo exhibit. Here’s the podcast if you missed it.
And just to prove how right we were about this, here’s what happened according to someone who was actually there:
So there you go. The kid was with Mom one second, she takes a picture, and then the kid disappears. The Mom wasn’t texting or not paying attention. She just lost her kid in a crowded place like millions of parents have done before. By the time the kid fell in the pit the mother was actively looking for him. He purposely ran away from her and snuck in to play with his friend Harambe.
Plus, the Mom says she was taking a picture when the kid ran away. What do you do at the zoo when you’re with your kids? Do you sit there and stare at them the entire time? No. Because you’re not a weirdo. You look at the cool animals like everyone else does. You might even – gasp – take a picture!!!! You better think twice about that because you could be the next target of a viral Internet lynch mob.
The more I think about it the more I think it’s the zoo’s fault. Kids with their parents are gonna be the primary patrons at the zoo. And kids by nature will disregard everything their parents tell them and disappear from time to time. I lose Turtleboy Jr. at some point when I go to Walmart 95% of the time. Under no circumstances should a mischievous, disobedient child be able to jump into a gorilla pit. Can’t happen. Can’t be possible. I don’t care what you have to do, that just should not be a possibility.
Anyone calling this woman a bad parent is a huge hypocrite. You think one unfortunate isolated incident makes you a bad parent? Bad parenting is not reading to your kids, not brushing their teeth, not teaching them manners, not teaching them to respect teachers, etc. Those are things that MANY parents purposely don’t do for their kids and the kids end up becoming shitty people. But losing site of your kid in a public place does not a bad mother make.
And guess what the mother, Michelle Gregg does for work?
Yup, that’s right – she works at a daycare. O Henry couldn’t write a more ironic short story. Naturally the Internet found out about this and started to destroy her company’s Facebook page, and they had to deactivate it. But Michelle Gregg is the bad one here. Not the savages who want to destroy her life because her kid ran away from her at the zoo.
Check out this Facebook page, entitled “Investigate Michelle Gregg.” They’re trying to get her kids taken away from her by DCF and make sure she never works again:
But yea, Michelle Gregg is the bad guy. It was a tragic situation that could happen to anyone. If you’re casting stones at this woman then you need to get over yourself, because you’re probably a pretty shitty person too.
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