I'm from Cinci, so I'd like to comment. Y'all might not like my opinion, that's fine. Here goes.
So, I think blame is on both parts, 1. the zoo enclosures/habitats should never allow for an ignorant and curious child to get into them, adults are
one thing, children are another. 2. The mother should have never had her eyes off of her child, or allowed something like this to happen.
I realize all parents make mistake, as I am a parent myself, which may be why I feel so strongly about this. I don't quite care if she had 1 child or
50 children, you enlist the proper help if you can't handle it.
When your mistake causes your childs life to be in danger, and for your child to be seriously harmed, you have absolutely screwed up. I know people
are mad about her being publicly shamed by so many, I think this is the right course.
Sure she probably feels like dirt and she SHOULD. Public shaming is necessary when things like this happen so that all mothers know, our society will
not accept or condone this kind of lack of parenting.
This put her childs life in danger, and caused the loss of many good varying genes to the gorilla gene pool as he would have been a breeding male once
he was of age. Not to mention these species are highly endangered.
The other thing that bothered me was the whole "Mommy's right here I love you?" What?! I'm sorry but I can't see it any other way. Had I been
incompetent enough to allow my child out of my sight to get into the habitat I'd be down there sacrificing myself and getting my child to safety, not
being scared and saying mommys right here.... I just cannot comprehend any other choice! You know, if there's a chance that my child's going to be
killed by an animal because of my mistake, then you better know that I'm getting killed by that animal also in an attempt to save my childs life.
"Mommy's right here don't worry" Where the hell were you when he climbed into the enclosure?!
I mean jesus, it's not the babies fault, and it wasn't the gorillas fault but both were punished because the mother couldn't keep proper care of the
child(ren) that were with her. It's messed up man.
edit on 5/29/2016 by NerdGoddess because: (no reason given)