The family of the 4-year-old boy, who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, May 28, is now thanking the zoo staff for shooting the animal dead. They said because of the staff’s ‘quick action,’ their ‘child is safe.’ Read their full statement here.
Due to the “quick action in the Cincinnati Zoo staff” in killing a 450-pound gorilla on May 28, Michelle Gregg‘s 4-year-old boy is now home “safe” after he fell into the animal’s enclosure and got dragged around like a rag doll. Michelle and her family released a statement, praising the staff for their decision to kill the animal.
“We are so thankful to the Lord that our child is safe,” a family spokeswoman said in a statement to WLWT. “He is home and doing just fine. We extend our heartfelt thanks for the quick action by the Cincinnati Zoo staff. We know that this was a very difficult decision for them and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla.”
Since the horrific accident, many people have questioned the zoo’s decision to shoot and kill the gorilla named Harambe, rather than sedate him with a tranquilizer.
But the zoo actually released a statement on May 28, explaining their decision, saying, “We are heartbroken about losing Harambe, but a child’s life was in danger and a quick decision had to be made by our Dangerous Animal Response Team. Tranquilizers do not take effect for several minutes and the child was in imminent danger. On top of that, the impact from the dart could agitate the animal and cause the situation to get much worse.”
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The mother of the 4-year-old boy was also targeted, but in her case it was for bad parenting. She released a statement on Facebook, but it has since been deleted. Her message said: “As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids. Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today.”
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