Where does the fault or blame really belong in this sad story where a gorilla was shot in ‘saving’ a 4 year old boy. The question that keeps going around my head is how did he manage to get into the enclosure? By reports he had to go under a fence and over barriers to then fall the 4 mts to the water. He was damned lucky he didn’t fall head first onto some rock.
Sorry if this offends anyone but my feelings are saddest over the gorilla dying because a boy managed to get into his personal space. Most of us if got invaded by a stranger would protect our home, so far evidence points towards the fact that the boy wasn’t in danger and only with all the shouting did the gorilla become agitated.
The real problem is that a barrier meant to keep humans and animals separated did not do the job it was designed for, so is it the zoos fault or whoever designed the fences and barriers for the enclosure? The boy will have to live with the fact because he disobeyed his mother, his actions nearly caused his own death and did cause the death of the gorilla. Till this gets out of the media the mother has to see so much hateful comments directed against her.
It’s a tragic event in that so many tiny thing lead to this happening, one can’t turn back time and change it, what can be done is that something is learnt from it. Maybe the zoo and other such zoos can have a second look at all their enclosures to ensure another event like this can’t happen again.