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TOPIC: Gorilla killed at the zoo

Gorilla killed at the zoo 01 Jun 2016 19:53 #10010

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So this week it has been pretty annoying with the news about the gorilla that was killed at the zoo. So there was a child that fell into the same cage that the gorilla was in. The child was in there for around ten minutes. Not sure how the child ended up in there with the gorilla and why the parents didn't pay better attention to their childs whereabouts. But, things happen, mistakes are apart of life. In order to protect the child they had to kill the gorilla. The animal hadnt been violent towards the child yet but there was no telling what the gorilla couldve done to the child. In stead of being happy the child is now safe and sound people are blaming the mother for the gorillas death. Yes, it's a sad situation especially since the gorilla was killed. But they didn't have much of a choice when it comes to making sure the boy stayed safe. I find it really annoying that so many people put the gorilla before an actual human being. A child couldve died but people are more outraged over the death of the gorilla instead of the safety of the child.
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Gorilla killed at the zoo 05 Jun 2016 14:46 #10032

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I agree with you, it is a situation between saving a child or an animal. I think that the zoo is to be blamed. The zoo has to ensure that no matter what, no one is able to get to the animals. It could've been any child and their safety comes first. That area shoul've been barricaded and well secured. Kids are very fast and very curious, things happen in a split second. It is unfortunate that the gorilla had to be killed but I think it was the right thing to do.
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Gorilla killed at the zoo 05 Jun 2016 18:26 #10041

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I can say that this issue with the Gorilla and child needs to be put to rest. There was a lot of important things happening in the news but it was so hidden due to the fact of the gorilla incident. I can say that yes the mother was in the wrong for not keeping in eye out on her child but like you said, things do happen and we all make mistakes. She probably has taught her child to not leave her site and he probably knows better and just decided to slip up this one time. But that is no reason to put all the blame on the mother. I do wish the gorilla didn't have to be killed but I guess this is what they had to do.
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Gorilla killed at the zoo 05 Jun 2016 19:56 #10043

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I am still very much on the fence about this issue, I can see good reasons on either side whether or not what the zookeepers did was right. When I first heard of this story the force used by the zookeeper did seem rather excessive. Yes, there was a child's life at risk and on the bearing of society that child has more to contribute than a Gorilla, but I do not think it warranted a death sentence. They would of definitely had tranquilizers available, I think that would have been a much more effective way to stop a potential attack by the gorilla on the child. I do not like that the gorilla was killed but the child did need to be saved. My thoughts then went to that of how the zoo allows a child to get into an enclosure anyway, I do not lay responsibility on the parents at all because they can't and shouldn't be responsible for their child 100% of the time. They are called enclosures for a reason but there are so many stories like this one of someone falling in. I think it is the zoo's responsibility to design viewing areas in which it is impossible for anyone to fall in.
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Gorilla killed at the zoo 05 Jun 2016 20:49 #10046

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Yea I can’t believe that this happened in our world. I mean I get it the kid is what matters, but animals have feelings too. The kid ended up in the gorilla pit with the gorilla and the gorilla had just been playing with the kid and for the safety of the kid, the gorilla had been put down. I mean first of all where were the parents? Why were you not watching your kid? Second of all, why do you have to kill the gorilla? Why not just put it to sleep temporarily? I hate that they killed an innocent animal for a human’s fault of not watching your kid.
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Gorilla killed at the zoo 05 Jun 2016 21:23 #10051

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I saw the video too few days ago. It was really sad happening. Someone says it was too much to kill gorilla, but if they saw the video, they can not think that. Even though gorilla does not harm the boy, nobody knows. Of course, I am happy that the boy did not get hurt much, but who can compensate death of gorilla. Parents should pay attention to their children.
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