Here’s beautiful Harambe when he first entered his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, which turned out to be fatal for him 😦 R.I.P
May 30, 2016
It’s the responsibility of parents to be vigilant when caring for their small children. Harambe, the critically endangered lowland gorilla, didn’t have to die!!
After Gorilla Death, Animal Expert Jeff Corwin Says Zoos ‘Aren’t Your Babysitter’
‘Take a break from the cell phone, the selfie stick and the texting’
Jeff Corwin, an animal and nature conservationist, who is the host and executive producer of TV programs “The Jeff Corwin Experience” and “Corwin’s Quest,” has spoken out after a gorilla was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo.
A 4-year-old boy fell into the gorilla’s enclosure. Zoo officials said the gorilla, a 17-year-old named Harambe, was dragging the boy around. They opted to shoot and kill the great ape.
Corwin spoke with FOX25 in Boston, mainly focusing his questions on how the boy got into the enclosure in the first place.
“That’s the million dollar question,” he said. “How did this little boy slip in this enclosure?”
He said the main lesson following the incident is that parents need to treat zoos and animals with respect.
“Zoos aren’t your babysitter,” he told FOX25.
“Take a break from the cell phone, the selfie stick and the texting. Connect with your children. Be responsible for your children. I don’t think this happened in seconds or minutes. I think this took time for this kid, this little boy to find himself in that situation. Ultimately it’s the gorilla that’s paid this price.”
‘Shooting an endangered animal is worse than murder’: Grief over gorilla’s death turns to outrage
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