"Harambe" the gorilla Harambe, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla, was the one who realized the youngster had fallen into the cage. He went up to the child and grabbed him. After some struggling, security guards were able to pull Harambe away from the boy.
In a statement, Cincinnati Zoo said that although they are grateful for the opportunity to care for Harambe, his life was also valuable and they made the decision to put him down in order to protect others.
The statement added that the incident was a tragic accident but it's important to note that children understand how temporary and insignificant they are in comparison to animals such as gorillas and lions. The zoo said that although everyone is concerned about children being inside animal enclosures, this incident showed that safety is always our first concern.
Harambe's death has sparked debate regarding the need for zoos in general, and particularly those that house endangered species, because they provide a safe environment where animals can be cared for while also offering an educational experience to visitors.
Some people believe that keeping animals in captivity is wrong because it deprives them of their freedom and natural habitat, while others argue that zoos help conserve animals by providing them with a safe place to live out their days in peace.
On May 28, 2016, a 3-year-old kid slipped into the Western Lowland Gorilla's enclosure and was carried about by the animal. Harambe died after zoo officials took the agonizing decision to kill him. The child's death sparked an international debate about the value of human life compared with that of animals.
The following day, several media outlets reported that both children had been killed by their parents. However, this is not true; they are alive and well together at the Cincinnati Zoo.
There have been other cases where people have fallen into animal enclosures and were rescued by zoo personnel. In two such cases, children returned home unharmed. But in some cases, the circumstances surrounding the incident made it seem like the family might have caused the child to fall into the enclosure intentionally. For example, in one case, a 2-year-old boy fell into a moat at the Phoenix Zoo. His father told police he had put the son in the moat to teach him not to run away from people. The father was arrested for attempted murder. In another case, a 5-month-old girl was found dead in an elephant exhibit at Canada's Wonderland. Police said her mother admitted putting her in the enclosure to teach her not to take food out of his hand.
Harambe the gorilla was killed after a youngster slipped into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. CINCINNATI, OH (WKRC) – On May 28, 2016, a tiny kid fell into the Cincinnati Zoo's gorilla exhibit. Harambe, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla, was the one who realized the youngster had fallen into the cage. Rather than fleeing the scene, as most animals would have done, Harambe used his massive body to protect the child.
Zookeepers tried for more than an hour but were unable to get the boy out of the enclosure. They finally decided to feed the gorillas so they would be hungry when they reached food and water inside their enclosures. When the keepers returned 30 minutes later, Harambe was lying next to the child providing protective care. Keepers then shot and killed Harambe to prevent him from harming anyone else.
Some people think that by killing Harambe we are showing disrespect for him and his family. But scientists say it is exactly what he would have wanted because he loved humans too much to let them get hurt.
Before he died, Harambe's social media accounts were filled with selfies he took with visitors. One photo showed him hugging a man at the zoo. Another picture showed him playing with a children on a playground cart.
Harambe's death has been a topic of discussion and debate in the media and on social networking sites like Twitter.
On May 28, after sneaking inside the enclosure, the child had a 10-minute interaction with Harambe, a 450-pound gorilla. According to a witness, the youngster's mother was distracted by other children when the boy slipped into the display. Harambe dragged the youngster across a moat before being fatally shot by zookeepers.
American media have dubbed the boy "John" because he is the first child to be killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in more than 20 years. The last person to die there was a 42-year-old man who fell into his tank of piranhas.
Harambe means "devil" in Swahili. Before his death, some people wanted to name the baby Harambé but this idea was rejected by officials at the zoo.
Zookeepers said they didn't know it was possible for a three-year-old to climb over the fence until 30 minutes after the incident. They added that the boy appeared to be unharmed and was playing near the paddock where Harambe lived.
The keeper who killed Harambe has been praised on social media for his decision to end the animal's life rather than let it suffer. But some people are not happy with this outcome.
Harambe, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla, seized and carried a three-year-old child into a gorilla cage at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden on May 28, 2016. A zoo employee shot and killed Harambe out of fear for the boy's safety. The incident caused outrage among some people who argued that killing the animal was wrong because it was a sentient being. However, others pointed out that humans are responsible for much worse things than killing animals, such as wars and violence.
Yes, Harambe attacked a child. However, it should be noted that gorillas are the only other living species besides humans to kill with their hands. This fact has been used by some individuals to argue that since humans and gorillas are so similar, then it is not wrong for one to kill another. Others have said that since gorillas are naturally violent they did not do anything wrong by attacking the boy.
In conclusion, Harambe attacked a child but this does not make him any less guilty of murder. Killing animals is wrong regardless of their species or behavior.
According to zoo officials, the incident ended with the "tough but correct" decision to terminate Harambe.
After the fall, visitors heard noises that seemed to come from within the cage, so staff members opened the door to investigate. They found the child unconscious and not breathing. The child was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where it was determined that she was alive when left in the cage but died due to her injuries. Police have said there are no signs of trauma to the body and it appears to be an accident.
Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard said in a statement: "Our hearts are broken. We lost a beloved member of our family today." He continued, "Harambe showed us what is best about animals: their strength of spirit and their capacity for love. We will never forget him."
The little girl who died has been identified as 3-year-old Nahyia Bryant of Mason, Ohio. She was visiting the zoo with her family. Her cousin, Ariana, told WCPO that they went to see the gorillas one day before school started last week and she thought it would be fun to slide down a tube into the enclosure.