Gorilla Shot Dead: Are the Parents to Blame?

Police have reportedly launched an investigation into the death of Harambe the gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo. 

The incident that happened over the weekend was triggered when a little boy fell into the cage of a Silverback Gorilla. This was filmed by an onlooker.

Did Harambe Actually Try to harm that kid?

But the police are not looking at the fatal shooting of Harambe the Gorilla. They’re looking into the “actions of parents and family” before the accident occurred.

Now after this horrendous accident, Michelle (the boy’s mother) has been subjected to a barrage of abuse. There’s even an online petition for Michelle to be held accountable for the death of the gorilla.

The petition on Change.com, says:

This beautiful gorilla lost his life because the boy’s parents did not keep a closer watch on the child. We the undersigned believe that the child would not have been able to enter the enclosure under proper parental supervision. … We the undersigned want the parents to be held accountable for the lack of supervision and negligence that caused Harambe to lose his life. We the undersigned feel the child’s safety is paramount in this situation. …We the undersigned actively encourage an investigation of the child’s home environment in the interests of protecting the child and his siblings from further incidents of parental negligence that may result in serious bodily harm or even death

She responded to online abuse including death threats, to say she kept a ‘tight watch’ on her kids.

Even limelight hogging Katie Hopkins jumped on the “Blame the Parents” bandwagon:

Katie hopkins harambe gorilla tweet
@KTHopkins was sure to have something useful to say on the matter of Harambe’s death.

Now let’s pump these breaks a little…

Before we start making even more ridiculous memes or getting our “you’re a bad mother” finger waggle on, can a parent really be condemned for an accident?

Accidents, even high profile ones like this, do happen to kids. Roughly 390 kids drown in US pools every year, for instance. Michelle is extremely lucky that competent zoo teams were on hand to help her child from a Silverback who has the strength of ten men.

harambe the gorilla meme blaming mother
One of the many memes created for Harambe.

Let’s look at the dissection of modern parenthood:

We are expected to eat organically, be over sensitive to allergies and gluten intolerance and run a household only seconded by those in “Good Housekeeping” magazine. We are expected to do this whilst working a full time job because child care is too damn expensive.

As mothers, we are condemned for leaving our child to go to work; “doesn’t he cry when you leave?  Do you not feel like you will miss out on all the important stuff?” However, if we are stay-at-home mums, we are considered ‘lazy’.

People are busy, kids run around and do crazy things. Can you really constitute sending death threats to a woman for letting her eyes of a kid for a few moments?

Who would ever think that a child would be able to squeeze into a gorilla’s cage? I mean… in this day and age where health and safety is everything, how could this have even happened?

What do you think?

HH xo


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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Belinda O says:

    I believe every parent who is honest will admit to at least one moment of horror, realizing they did something perhaps mildly careless that almost turned disastrous. They were lucky, they caught it in time. Or one child asks a question while the other grabs a rattlesnake. It happens in a split second, and no one can be that close to their child every second. That mother is suffering. I don’t know what her responsibility was in this case, I wasn’t there, and no one video tells the story. Let the perfect parent cast the first stone.

    1. hannahadkins says:

      Wonderful comment Belinda. I agree, a split second movement relates to the gross majority of A&E patients…it’s human nature to make mistakes. I’ll be following the story for further developments… HH xo

  2. Karen says:

    I agree with your health and safety comment. How did the child manage to get in? It should have been impossible.

  3. Karen says:

    However, the one that was the least to blame was killed.

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