Wednesday, May 25th, 20-year-old Terry Frost III walked into a bank, pointed a gun at the teller and demanded money. Off duty officer Kevin Hankerson, quickly pushed the teller aside while drawing his weapon and shot the immediate threat in front of him.
The following weekend in Chicago, 69 people were shot, of whom 6 died.
The same weekend, 250,000 unborn children worldwide were murdered in their mother’s wombs.
But, what captured the world’s attention? The unfortunate death of Harambe, an endangered silver back gorilla in the Cincinnati Zoo.
Social media viciously attacked the zoo, encouraging people to boycott what was called a “devastating, deplorable animal prison,” otherwise known as a zoo. If there hadn’t been a zoo, the boy would not have been in the pen. Humans were once again chastised for jeopardizing the life of an innocent animal.
To criticize zoos is to condemn zookeepers and handlers. Of anyone, these professionals care for and are the most passionate about the animals, their quality of life, and their humane treatment. Do the zoo haters think these men and women go to work everyday wondering how they can abuse animals? The decision to shoot Harambe had to be one of the most heart- wrenching decisions zookeepers had to make, but as with the policeman, Terry Frost, it came down to a matter of defense.
This is not the first incident of a toddler falling into a gorilla exhibit. Five-year-old Levan Merritt was visiting the Jersey Zoo on August 31, 1986, when he climbed the rail to get a better look and fell into the pit. While lying unconscious, silver back gorilla Jambo, approached the boy. Shooing other primates away, Jambo stood over Levan, gently stroking his back. Once the boy regained consciousness and began crying, Jambo and the others were spooked away, allowing authorities to safely enter the enclosure and rescue the boy.
On August 16, 1996, at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois, a 3-year-old fell into the gorilla pit. In this incident, Binti Jua, a female gorilla with her own baby on her back, gathered the unconscious boy in her arms, cradling him before handing him over to the authorities.
In both cases, the gorillas displayed no danger to the children who entered their habitat. The difference with Harambe, though he did hold the boy’s hand and at times seemed gentle with him, he also dragged the boy violently through the moat, causing him to smack against the concrete wall. In this particular situation, the life of the boy was in immediate peril. The zoo had no choice.
While a case can be made that mankind has endangered many species, as is consistent with progressive, Liberal arguments, they don’t finish their homework.
As reported in Scientific America:
“The end goal of many Species Survival Plans (SSP) is the reintroduction of captive-raised endangered species into their native wild habitats. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), SSPs and related programs have helped bring black-footed ferrets, California condors, red wolves and several other endangered species back from the brink of extinction over the last three decades. Zoos also use SSPs as research tools to better understand wildlife biology and population dynamics, and to raise awareness and funds to support field projects and habitat protection for specific species. AZA now administers some 113 different SSPs covering 181 individual species.”
Humans have brought many species back from the brink of extinction, allowing millions to witness, study and appreciate these creatures in a safe and inviting environment for all. I would also bet those whining and moaning over the death of one gorilla to save the life of a human are also the same people demanding government control and handouts for everyone. They hate that zoos house animals, catering to their every need, providing their every want, instead of letting them live on their own in the wild.
Humans, on the other hand, should be stuffed in government housing, given government food and schooled under the government’s strong hand. They should be confined by the government from cradle to grave, while animals deserve freedom and self-reliance.
Michelle Gregg, mother of the 3-year-old boy, has been harassed and persecuted since the incident. She humbly thanked people for their thoughts and prayers, giving glory to God that her boy was returned safely. She has also expressed gratitude to the zoo for its actions throughout this ordeal.
The Gregg family’s statement said: “We are thankful to the Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child. We are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us. Some have offered money to the family, which we do not want and will not accept.
“If anyone wishes to make a gift, we recommend a donation to the Cincinnati Zoo in Harambe’s name.”
The simple fact is, sometimes accidents happen. Unfortunate as it was, the zoo had to put the life of the boy over the gorilla. We have become a society so eager for someone to pay– anyone– that we can’t even look at situations logically anymore. Parents are bad. Mankind is evil. Zoos are death camps. We are irrational, with social media allowing us the platform to express our emotions instantaneously before any real thought.
I have a 4-year-old little girl. There have been a few times where I have turned my head to immediately turn it back and she is gone. By the grace of God, I found her before any harm came to her. Maybe, just maybe, we should all take a few minutes to digest the facts, considering all views, before exercising our First Amendment right to express our opinion on the matter.
But that’s just my 2 cents.