Amidst the controversy the Cincinnati Zoo sparked after killing 17-year-old gorilla Harambe, Jane Goodall has shared her two cents. In a correspondence with the zoo’s director, the renowned primate expert called the ordeal ‘devastating.’ Read her heartbreaking email right here.
If there’s one person who is undoubtedly upset over the killing of Harambe, the silverback gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo on May 28 after a 4-year-old boy fell into his pit, it’s Jane Goodall. The 82-year-old primate expert expressed her sadness in an email to the zoo’s director, Thane Maynard, also evaluating the action that was taken in the tragic situation.
“I feel so sorry for you, having to try to defend something which you may well disapprove of. I tried to see exactly what was happening — it looked as though the gorilla was putting an arm round the child — like the female who rescued and returned the child from the Chicago exhibit,” she wrote in an email dated May 29, one day after the incident. “Anyway, whatever, it is a devastating loss to the zoo, and to the gorillas.”
Jane went on to ask how the other gorillas reacted and wondered if they were allowed to express grief over the loss of Harambe. Thane’s reaction has not yet been released, and Jane has not made any further statements on the matter — but there’s no denying that she’s bothered by it!
In fact, Jane isn’t alone in being concerned about the other Cincinnati Zoo gorillas. Dr. Penny Patterson PhD, the co-founder, president and director of research for The Gorilla Foundation, told People that she expects at least some of the 10 remaining gorillas at the zoo to need emotional support following Harambe’s death because of their close bond. So sad!
Making the situation even more devastating, Jane seems to think that Harambe may have actually been trying to save the little boy (whose name is Isiah Dickerson) before he was fatally shot. Although famed zookeeper Jack Hanna said he thought the boy would’ve died had the zookeepers not killed Harambe, many people are siding with Jane, even arguing that Isiah’s mother should be punished for being neglectful of her son. Police are currently investigating the situation.
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