Mom of Boy Who Got Gorilla Killed: ‘I Watch My Kids’

Mom of Boy Who Got Gorilla Killed: ‘I Watch My Kids’

A special zoo response team shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe to protect a four-year-old who fell in the enclosure. But new video footage shows the two briefly holding hands (pictured) 

Michelle Gregg, a bad parent? Not according to Michelle Gregg, the mother of a 4-year-old boy who got into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, prompting a response team to shoot the animal dead, reports People. “My son … fell in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo,” writes Gregg in a Facebook post that’s been deleted (per one description, her account is also gone). “God protected my child until the authorities were able to get to him.” Saying her child escaped with “a concussion and a few scrapes,” she adds: “As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids. Accidents happen…”

Gregg is responding to social media users who showered her with abuse after the death of Harambe, a 450-pound, 17-year-old, endangered gorilla. “I am SICK&TIRED of LAZY people who do not WATCH THEIR CHILDREN. RIP #Harambe you did not deserve to die,” reads one, while another vented that “#harambe was killed because of the stupid and their irresponsible parenting…their picture should be made public.” There’s also a petition with over 160,000 supporters so far seeking a criminal investigation into the boy’s parents, and a vigil is being held Monday for Harambe at the zoo, the AP reports. Meanwhile, the zoo has released a statement defending its actions and saying tranquilizers weren’t an option because they take too long to kick in.


7 replies on “Mom of Boy Who Got Gorilla Killed: ‘I Watch My Kids’”


…watch them walk into the gorilla’s cage. What a twat!
RIP Primate

Toddlers can take off like a shot without making a sound. No parent can watch their kid every second of every day. Unless there is video of the parent watching the kid walk away and doing nothing, you can’t entirely blame her. The zoo obviously had inadequate fencing that a toddler could easily and quickly get past.

I’m unsure of her parenting skills but I’m sure the zoo’s fencing skills really suck.

I’m not saying the zoo handled this perfectly, and I’m not trying to blame the mother (I am), but lets say the zoo did what they had to do, why did they do it? Because the gorilla was agitated… by the screaming crowd. Charge everyone that was there in the death of an endangered animal because people can’t learn to shut the f*ck up and think for 4 seconds. Seriously what is you screaming your head off going to accomplish?

Side thought: Didn’t some court or other rule that certain apes are as intelligent as humans, and thus protected under the same laws?

TL;DR: “I wasn’t inattentive, because God was minding my child.”

Everyone is blaming the zoo and the mother, but not too many are saying anything about the other dumbass people there who were screaming and making everything worse. It’s VERY probable that all the commotion and yelling actually put that kid in more danger than he already was in, and directly led to the zoo’s decision to shoot to kill.

People do stupid shit near the primate habitats in zoos all the damn time. They don’t understand the animals that they are ogling at and very often they rile the animals up into aggressive behavior. It’s a wild animal. In captivity. You want to discourage aggression as much as you possibly can.

Maybe zoos that want to have these great apes need to rethink how the enclosures are designed, and possibly require people who want to see them to sit through a short tutorial or something so they can learn the proper damn behavior to have around a giant, powerful animal that can kill you.

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