There is officially an investigation underway at the Cincinnati Zoo. The local police department and prosecutor’s office are meeting to discuss filing possible criminal charges, an the mom of the boy who got trapped in the gorilla’s enclosure may have to pay for being neglectful.
An investigation into the Cincinnati Zoo has officially begun three days after a 17-year-old endangered gorilla was shot and killed when a young boy fell into his habitat. And the little boy’s mother could be facing criminal charges after the investigation is complete!
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“We are investigating the interaction between the young boy and the parent that was with him at the time,” Lt. Steve Saunders of the Cincinnati Police Department told HollywoodLife.com. “We are investigating what led up to the boy getting into the enclosure. We have a lot of people to speak with and video footage to review. We are NOT investigating the zoo or the safety of the zoo. We hope to have an update as soon as possible, but it could take up to a week.
Although it was originally speculated that the investigation was against the zoo, it is now clear that officials are looking into the little boy’s mother, who has been scrutinized for not keeping a close eye on her son.
A major controversy has erupted over whether or not the gorilla, Harambe, should’ve been shot, rather than just tranquilized. However, the zoo’s director has explained that the latter option simply wouldn’t have been safe for the boy, who was trapped in the enclosure and dragged around by the animal for around ten minutes.
“That would have definitely created alarm in the male gorilla,” the director explained, regarding tranquilization. “When you dart an animal, anesthetic doesn’t work in one second, it works over a period of a few minutes to 10 minutes. The risk was due to the power of that animal. [The gorilla] was acting erratically, he was disoriented. It’s due to his strength, that’s where the danger was.”
Meanwhile, the mother of the little boy has defended herself against backlash from those criticizing her. “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 wrote on Facebook. “Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today.”
Do you think the mother or zoo should face criminal charges, HollywoodLifers?