To the mostly well-meaning people who have objected – some furiously – to the euthanizing of “Handsome Harabe”, the Cincinnati zoo’s gorilla, which unexpectedly found itself in possession of a four year old child:
What would you have wanted the zoo to do if that were your child?
According to the zoo, its personnel tried to distract him and that did not work.
Tranquilizing him would have taken several minutes, during which he could have done anything to the child.
And if Handsome Harambe had hurt, severely mutilated or killed the child, how many of you would be screaming that he should have been euthanized for precisely the reasons listed above?
With the greatest of regret that this animal had to be put down, I commend the Cincinnati zoo for doing so.
Euthanizing Handsome Harambe was the only choice it had.