There is no #JusticeForHarambe

So, the internet is drowning in post, comments and opinions about the incident that happened last weekend. When a four-year-old boy somehow sneaked into the moat where 17-year-old gorilla Harambe was kept.

The ending of this story is tragic. The boy was being dragged around by gorilla for 10 minutes. 10 minutes of constant banging his head on concrete and and panic, which resulted in concussion. Gorilla was shot dead. And every social media exploded with hashtag #JusticeForHarambe.

Here is the thing.

There can be NO justice for Harambe.
Every child’s life is more important.

We are heartbroken about losing Harambe, but a child’s life was in danger and a quick decision had to be made by our Dangerous Animal Response Team. Our first response was to call the gorillas out of the exhibit. The two females complied, but Harambe did not. It is important to note that with the child still in the exhibit, tranquilizing the 450-pound gorilla was not an option. Tranquilizers do not take effect for several minutes and the child was in imminent danger. On top of that, the impact from the dart could agitate the animal and cause the situation to get much worse.

said Maynard.

Blame the mother.

Yes, I agree. The mother wasn’t responsible enough.
But. If you have children. Especially toddlers. Especially boys. You know, that they have a unique ability to just disappear in seconds!
People! There are actually witnesses that confirm how FAST this all happened. But, yes, of course. It seems like everybody is perfect enough to criticize this poor woman.
Have your child ever hurt himself? Don’t lie. Well, here is what. Next time your kid bumps his head on the playground or God forbid an accident happens, remember – here is you being not responsible enough. But we are lucky enough to have this quiet incidents, that don’t involve any tragically dead animals.
Harambe was protecting the child

This might be even true. But a human child is MORE fragile than baby gorilla. This is a sad story. And there is no winners.
And jus one last thing. If the kid would have drowned, what hashtag would you be using today? #justiceForPeopleWhoHadn’tReactedFastEnough ?

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