CINCINNATI, OH - A tragedy, or a tragedy averted? Cincinnati Zoo officials are standing behind their decision to shoot and kill a western lowland gorilla named Harambe after a 4-year-old boy got into the ape's habitat on Saturday. Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo director says, "That child's life was in danger. People who question that, or are Monday morning quarterbacks or second guessers don't understand that you can't take a risk with a silverback."
Dramatic video of the boy getting dragged in the water by the 450-pound gorilla shows just how dangerous this situation got. Today, some are wondering if it could have been prevented by a more vigilant parent or better safety measures at the zoo. According to Change.org, hundreds of thousands of people have signed online petitions to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. on Twitter, #justiceforharambe is also remembering the mighty gorilla.
The good news, a young boy is alive today. Let's hope he'll grow up in a world where both people and animals are safer.