Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Killed After Child Enters Enclosure, Supporters File for Justice Petition
Published: May 30, 2016

17-year-old western lowland gorilla, was killed but Cincinnati Zoo staff members after a 4-year-old boy slipped through the exhibit’s barrier in to the gorilla’s enclosure.


In this video of the encounter posted to Twitter, a woman can be heard calling to the sobbing child: “Mommy loves you! I’m right here!”

After about 10 excruciating minutes, witnesses said, zoo workers shot and killed the animal, named Harambe. The boy, who was hurt but not severely, was taken to a hospital, according to the zoo officials.


But many believe that this was a result of the ‘neglecting’ parents that forced the zoo staff to kill Harambe. Many believe that he was in fact protecting the kid. But the video shows him dragging the kid, Harambe’s intentions were not clear.


More than twenty thousand people have joined a Facebook group ‘Justice for Harambe‘,and  several took to twitter to express their thoughts.


Here is a video of Harambe eating celery.

Jerry Stones Harambe’s former caretaker says that these species are “gentle giants”

Harambe was apparently killed just one day after his 17th birthday. Watch his debut at the Cincinnati Zoo here.

Do you agree with the online petition that the parents should be held responsible for Harambe’s death? Let us know in the comments below.