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Monday, 30 May 2016

RIP Harambe: Fury at 'neglectful' parents of boy who ASKED to play in gorilla's pen before crawling in - forcing zoo to shoot silverback dead while it 'protected' the child



A 400-pound gorilla named Harambe who was shot dead by Cincinnati Zoo officials on Saturday after a four-year-old boy fell in the enclosure (left). Many are placing the blame on the boy's parents for not watching their child. One Twitter user wrote: 'So a beautiful, innocent gorilla has to die because neglectful parents can't control their kids? Mankind sucks' (inset). Another user Chris Dasauchoit tweeted: 'Beautiful animals sadly paying for utter human stupidity and negligence with their lives. The zoo's animal response team assessed the 'life-threatening situation' and defended their decision to shoot Harambe rather than tranquilize him, but thousands took to social media to call it a 'murder', and more than one thousand people have already joined the Facebook group 'Justice for Harambe'. Pictured right, a commemorative photo calling the incident a 'senseless death'