Everyone can’t stop talking about the boy who fell into the gorilla cage at Cincinnati Zoo and prompted zookeepers to kill poor silverback gorilla Harambe. Get ready to keep that conversation going — the boy’s identity has now been revealed.
The 4-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla pit at Cincinnati Zoo on May 28 sparked a national controversy after 17-year-old silverback Harambe was shot and killed, and now we know who this little boy is. His name is Isiah Dickerson, and he was visiting the zoo with his mom, Michelle Gregg. His mother is already under fire for not paying enough attention to her child, but will Isiah be too?
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In order to get down where Isiah did, he had to make his way through a barrier and into a moat, according to Daily Mail, the outlet which identified the boy and his mom. It’s still unclear exactly how Isiah got into the cage, but it didn’t take long for onlookers to notice that there was a child sitting directly in front of Harambe. Because of the quick action zookeepers took in getting Isiah out of the pit, he managed to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes rather than broken bones or even death. But the reason for his miraculous safety is what has the zoo and Isiah’s family in a questionable spot.
As soon as Harambe came in contact with Isiah, zoo officials reportedly had no choice but to shoot the gorilla in order to protect the child — which hasn’t sat well with animal lovers, celebrities, and organizations alike. Although famous zookeeper Jack Hanna explained that the boy would have died if the gorilla hadn’t been killed, the public outrage was more in response to the lack of parental responsibility that led to the gorilla’s tragic death.
Despite the backlash, Michelle quickly defended herself in a lengthy Facebook message. After initially thanking those who extended prayers for her son’s recovery and giving an update on Isiah’s condition, she wrote:
“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,” she continued. “Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today. Thank you to everyone that helped me and my son today and most importantly God for being the awesome God that he is.”
Cincinnati police are investigating the situation to determine whether it’s appropriate to press charges on Michelle for being neglectful of her son. Keep checking back to HollywoodLife.com for more developments on this story.
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