A 400-pound gorilla named Harambe who was shot dead by Cincinnati Zoo officials just one day after his 17th birthday has sparked an outcry of emotion as mourners called it a ‘senseless death’.
People are blaming the parents of a four-year-old boy, who investigators believe crawled through a railing barrier and fell into the gorilla exhibit’s moat before he was dragged by Harambe in the water for about 10 minutes.
The zoo’s animal response team assessed the ‘life-threatening situation’ and shot Harambe rather than tranquilize him, but thousands took to social media to call it a ‘murder’.
NOW, a new footage how Harambe the gorilla was protecting a four-year-old boy who fell into his cage – minutes before he was shot dead and shocked everyone.
It is claimed that screams from those watching on panicked the animal. However eyewitnesses have claimed that the gorilla was showing no aggressive behaviour towards the boy.
Now, according to soures, police have confirmed that the parents of the four-year-old child could face criminal charges.