Against The Grain
I LOVE animals. I have to many animals actually because I love them so much. However, I love my kids more than my animals, I love your kids more than my animals and I even love you more than my animals.
O’Connor who filmed the incident, said she heard the 4-year-old (later we learn he is 3) say he wanted to go into the gorilla moat.
“The little boy himself had already been talking about wanting to … get in the water. The mother’s like, ‘No, you’re not, no, you’re not,'” O’Connor recalled, adding that the mother was taking care of several other children. –WLWT5
Just before 4 p.m. on Saturday, the boy climbed through the barrier around the gorilla enclosure then fell 12 feet into the moat surrounding the exhibit. (Thank God there was a moat there!) Then, the gorilla, being a gorilla, pulled the kid away either to protect the kid or play with it, whatever. The point is, he is a gorilla and his intentions may have been good, but it was not a safe situation nonetheless.
“I don’t know if the screaming did it or too many people hanging on the edge, if he thought we were coming in, but then he pulled the boy down away further from the big group,” Kim O’Connor, who shot the video, told NBC station WLWT.
In the video, the boys mom can be heard screaming “Mommy loves you.”
“I’m right here,” a woman shouts, while others shriek in the background. “Please protect him, God, please protect him.”
Cincinnati Fire Chief Marc Monahan said Saturday that first responders saw the gorilla “dragging and throwing the child.” Weather the Gorilla wanted to hurt the boy or not, it obviously wasn’t safe for him!
The 3-year-old was in the enclosure for more than 10 minutes before he was rescued and taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in serious condition, officials said. He was released from the hospital on Saturday night and was safe at home, his family said Sunday. (Thank you Jesus!) Harambe was fatally shot during the rescue. “The Zoo security team’s quick response saved the child’s life,” Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard said. But he expressed remorse that the Western lowland silverback, a critically endangered species, had to be killed. (Okay cool, I get that!) “The zoo’s in the business of taking care of endangered animals, and we don’t want to be in the situation in which they have to be killed, Harambe was a good guy.” Maynard said at a news conference Saturday. The boy’s family said they understood that killing Harambe was a “very difficult decision for them, and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla. We are so thankful to the Lord that our child is safe. He is home and doing just fine. We extend our heartfelt thanks for the quick action by the Cincinnati Zoo staff.” Maynard said Harambe wasn’t tranquilized because the drugs could have taken a while to become effective in an animal of Harambe’s size and the tranquilizer would have further aggravated the gorilla.
Okay, at this point here are my feelings: Thank God this sweet little 3 year old is safe! It totally sucks that they had to kill an animal to keep him safe. I pray the family will emotionally recover quickly from this trauma and that the people at the zoo are able to cope with the loss of the gorilla.
Then, social media happens…great….
“This gorilla was killed bc [because] of parents negligence,” wrote one person on Twitter.
Anyways I could go on all day with the negativity towards this family on social media.
CNN posted an article that I absolutely love!
In this 21st-century age of viral connectedness, all of us are processing a muted version of that same shock and fear. And now we are doing what we always do: Starting to point our fingers in judgment. Check the article out here! – CNN
So, in honor of these people who think they know exactly what was going on even though they were not there, I decided to write a post about things my kids and other peoples kids have done when we turn around for just a second. Have my children ever been in a life threatening situation in one second, no they haven’t…not yet anyways. But, that doesn’t mean it wont happen one day! So, here you go:
I would love love LOVE to hear your, “I turned around for one second and…” stories! Submit them below in the comments or Email them to me and I will write another post about the fun of parenthood!
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