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(114,904 posts)
Mon May 30, 2016, 11:01 AM May 2016

I have nothing but sympathy for the Cincinnati zoo staff

These people had to make a heartbreaking decision. Second guessing them strikes me as ridiculous. Whatever Harambe was doing, whatever his intention toward the kid, a 4 year old is vulnerable to grave injury from an animal that size. I don't believe for a second that the decision was a hasty or careless one.

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(7,290 posts)
1. Same here
Mon May 30, 2016, 11:04 AM
May 2016

It's a tragedy.

At the same time, I admit to being appalled at those who equate an animal's life with a human's life.


(28,394 posts)
2. I agree. It is very sad and difficult all around.
Mon May 30, 2016, 11:06 AM
May 2016

He was a magnificent animal, but he could not be permitted to seriously injure (or worse) a child. Blaming the parents might help some to cope, but what if that child had died and it could have been prevented?

There was a incident several years ago at the Pittsburgh Zoo where a pack of African dogs mauled a toddler to death. Horrible and very traumatizing.



(54,770 posts)
3. Gotta agree. Don't think they had much choice, but darn whole thing is a tragedy.
Mon May 30, 2016, 11:07 AM
May 2016

It's good for kids and others to see these magnificent animals, but the whole zoo thing just makes me a little sick. Would prefer IMAX zoos, or something, where animals are in the wild.


(380 posts)
4. Well, it *was* a hasty decision (it had to be)...
Mon May 30, 2016, 11:08 AM
May 2016

... but it was also the correct one. To have to shoot an animal they've been caring for for years had to be heartbreaking. My sympathies to them.



(114,904 posts)
7. It was not hasty. The child was in the enclosure for several minutes utes
Mon May 30, 2016, 11:22 AM
May 2016

before they shot Harambe



(3,477 posts)
5. I worked in the Cincinnati Zoo, I know these people...
Mon May 30, 2016, 11:12 AM
May 2016

Their level of devotion to preservation and education is profound. We can only imagine the anguish of the staff that had to make the decision and actually pull the trigger. These people are not killers, quite the opposite.


(41,824 posts)
6. Absolutely. I guarantee you they are miserable and deserve support.
Mon May 30, 2016, 11:12 AM
May 2016

The internet has been the WORST for letting people who know nothing deride others for making impossible choices.


(62,285 posts)
8. Totally agree - hope they can find however that kid got into the enclosure
Mon May 30, 2016, 11:27 AM
May 2016

somehow there is a hole that got by some inspections.

Those folks had to make one really tough decision in an instant.

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