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“I tried to prevent it, I tried to grab him and I just couldn’t get to him fast enough,” said Nicely, who was standing next to the boy’s mother.
The Fairborn woman said after the boy was in the enclosure, the gorilla Harambe was “pulling him around almost as if it was his own.”
“I raised him from a baby, he was a sweet cute little guy,” Stones recalled. “He grew up to be a pretty, beautiful male. He was very intelligent. Very, very intelligent,” Stones reiterated. "His mind was going constantly. He was just such a sharp character."
-Stones who raised Harambe -Source-NYDailyNews
Silverback gorillas, who can live up to 60 years in captivity, tend to be "gentle giants," Stones said, but that there's no way of predicting whether the unexpected presence of the boy in his cage would have triggered an aggressive response.
originally posted by: RoScoLaz5
a zoo is a prison in which every inmate is serving a life sentence for having committed no crime.
originally posted by: dawnstar
although I agree that someone should have been watching this child more closely, I also think that it's a reasonable expectation to believe that the zoos would do their best to prevent young children from wandering into the area to get closer to the animals. and when someone takes a wild animal out of their natural environment, who adopts one that has been, then one takes responsibility for that animal, to protect it, even from it's own natural insticts.
who knows maybe the parent did their best to watch over the kid. I remember as a child I managed to wander away from my parents quite a few times without even trying while in crowds. And I remember as a parent losing my child in crowds briefly a few times.
and who knows, maybe the zoo did all they could to make their zoo safe, but sometimes crap just happens. heck who knows, maybe peta was there the night before and was trying to free the poor gorillas and let them lose in the city in a moment of insanity and had to abandon their effort for some reason.
it's a sad story though, but, I'm afraid the only sure way to prevent such things from happening 100% would be to just give the animals their space, out in the wild, to live their lives the way they should be lived.