New Footage Suggests Gorilla Was Trying To ‘Protect’ Boy
The 17-year-old gorilla was fatally shot by Cincinnati Zoo staff to protect the four-year-old boy who had fallen 12 feet into the enclosure, The Mirror reports.
However, onlookers have since claimed that the gorilla was showing no aggression towards the boy whatsoever.
Witnesses at the scene claim that screams from people watching the dramatic situation startled the animal, causing him to drag the child quickly across the water.
In this latest video, the boy is seen sitting calmly next to Harambe, with the gorilla appearing to wrap his arms around the child. At one point during the clip it seems the pair briefly hold hands.
The boy’s parents – Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson – have faced heavy criticism on social media and from animal rights campaigners, who believe they should have been keeping a closer eye on their child. Click To Continue Reading This Story. . .