A Texas zookeeper is really feeling the loss of Harambe the gorilla, who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo on May 28. Jerry Stones helped raised the 400-lb. Silverback, and says his tragic death feels like ‘losing a family member.’ So sad.
Jerry Stones, the man who was responsible for raising Harambe the gorilla, is breaking his silence on the Cincinnati Zoo’s decision to shoot the animal. Obviously, the zookeeper is totally devastated over the sad and tragic incident, and is now doing everything he can to help save the endangered Silverback gorillas.
“It’s like losing a family member. It tore me up,” Jerry said during a press conference. “I was very close to him. His whole life I was with him.” He also went into detail about what it was like being with Harambe as he grew up.
“We hand-raised him. I took him home at night with me,” he explained. “You know, you get up at midnight and change the diaper, just like you would a human baby. When I took this baby home, I was totally responsible. You become Mom. They look at you just like a human baby.”
Jerry has set up the Harambe fund, which will donate to the cause of saving the endangered gorilla species. “This is a chance for Harambe to help his family, even after his death,” he revealed. “We’re hoping that people with a negative attitude or a bunch of anger can turn that anger inward and help him.”
Officials at the Cincinnati Zoo made the controversial decision to shoot Harambe after a four-year-old boy fell into his enclosure on May 28. Shocking footage from the terrifying incident show the gorilla dragging the young child across the habitat, and the zoo’s director has explained that using a tranquilizer, like many critics suggested, simply would not have worked.
“The idea of waiting and shooting it with a [tranquilizer] was not a good idea,” he revealed. “That would have definitely created alarm in the male gorilla. 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.”
Do you think it was right for the zoo to kill Harambe, HollywoodLifers?