Officials at the Cincinnati Zoo are speaking out in their own defense after they shot and killed Harambe, a 17-year-old Gorilla, after a 4-year-old boy somehow slipped into his enclosure.
The killing has sparked quite a bit of outrage on social media, but the zoo is standing by its decision.
Thane Maynard just explained, “When it was determined that the child was being injured … we had to make a decision to shoot and we did.” He said the gorilla’s behavior and knowing how strong it was also played a factor in the decision.
During the news conference Monday he also said a non-lethal approach — like hypodermic sedatives — would not have been effective to rescue the 4-year-old boy who wandered into the zoo’s gorilla enclosure.
Maynard did not say anything about the boy’s parents, or how the child was able to reach the gorilla … but did say it was no easy feat. The hospital says the child was treated and released Sunday night.
Check out a clip of the news conference below. Do you think the zoo made the right call?