Another expert is speaking out.
Zoo officials fatally shot the 17-year-old silverback gorilla after three-year-old Isiah Dickerson fell into his enclosure, and they began to fear for the kid’s safety.
Video of the scary situation has since surfaced on the internet, showing the endangered animal dragging the toddler through the habitat as he ran around, but other shots portrayed the primate behaving protectively towards the youngster.
And even famed primatologist Jane Goodall noticed that Harambe didn’t seem to be acting violently.
On Monday, the Jane Goodall Institue released an email that the 82-year-old sent to Cincinnati Zoo’s director Thane Maynard on Sunday, and the UK native revealed that she doesn’t believe the gorilla had any intention of harming the toddler, writing:
“I tried to see exactly what was happening — it looked like the gorilla was putting an arm around the child — like the female who rescued and returned the child from the Chicago exhibit.”
And while this seems to suggest that Miz Goodall might have thought the zoo could have taken a different course of action, she did open the note by apparently defending Thane, penning:
“I feel so sorry for you, having to try to defend something which you may well disapprove of.”
You can check out her full letter here.
And as celebrities share their outrage over the fact that the beautiful creature was put down because of apparent negligence from the child’s parents, the Cincinnati police are looking into Harambe’s death, to determine if any charges need to be pressed.
In fact, the authorities aren’t investigating the zoo, but instead Isiah’s parents Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson — even though Deonne wasn’t at the zoo at the time.
The cops say they’re reviewing “the actions of the parents/family that led up to the incident.”
Do U think anyone is to blame for Harambe’s sad death?!
[Image via Pacific Coast News Online.]