So sad! The tragic death of Harambe the gorilla has caused a stir across the nation. Now, zoo officials are worried that his death could lead to the depression of other gorillas. See why!
Sadly, Harambe is no more. The gorilla who was killed after a four-year-old boy fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati zoo, has caused a whole lot of controversy. To make matters worse, zoo officials are worried that his death may lead to severe depression among the other gorillas. We’ve got all the details!
There are now ten gorillas in all still at the Cincinnati zoo, and they’re expected to be affected by this loss in major ways. “I would expect that the bond was pretty close and the females might react the same way and will need some emotional support,” Dr. Penny Patterson PhD the co-founder, president and director of research for The Gorilla Foundation told PEOPLE.
Dr. Patterson has witnessed other incidents where gorillas lost a companion and we’re in a state of depression. One particular gorilla she worked with, Koko, for over twenty years. She watched Koko go through depression that Dr. Patterson feels the Cincinnati zoo gorillas will experience as well. “[Koko] also lost a gorilla who was like a brother to her, and she went into a depression. She didn’t talk much, eat much, sleep much. Classic sort of human depression.”
As for how the zoo can help to ease the gorillas pain in this time, she says that it would help if they discuss the loss openly with the other gorillas. “They understand English. Understanding that he was a great loss to everyone, and that he was a hero. That’s what he was,” she said. That’s so sweet! A great way to help begin the healing process for the other gorillas.
No matter what your opinion on the incident, a life was lost that day. Sad to say, but these gorillas may truly have some lasting effects from experiencing the death of a friend or loved one. We’re hoping that the zoo can begin to help them cope and deal with the loss.
Do you think that Harambe’s death will lead the other gorillas to become depressed, HollywoodLifers? Is there anything the zoo can do to help the situation? Tell us your thoughts below!