[Educator-Gold] ANIMALS: GORILLAS : ZOOS : PARENTS AND PARENTING : VIDEOS: Texas Zookeeper Who Raised Killed Gorilla From Birth Mourns His Death

 

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Texas Zookeeper Who Raised Killed Gorilla From Birth Mourns His Death

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Texas Zookeeper Who Raised Killed Gorilla From Birth Mourns His Death

By CATHERINE THORBECKE

May 31, 2016, 11:54 AM ET

http://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-zookeeper-raised-
killed-gorilla-birth-mourns-death/story?id=39500591

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One of the zookeepers who raised the gorilla shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday said the loss of the animal was “no different than losing a family member that was very close to you.”

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Jerry Stones, the facilities director for the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, the birthplace of Harambe, told ABC affiliate KRGV-TV in Rio Grande Valley, Texas that he was there for Harambe’s birth and raised him like a child.

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“We hand-raised him. I took him home at night with me,” Stones said. “You know, you get up at midnight and change the diaper, just like you would a human baby. When I took this baby home, I was totally responsible. You become ‘Mom,’ they look at you just like a human baby.”

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Stones described the 400-pound endangered animal as “very intelligent” and “very inquisitive.”

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“I raised I don’t know how many baby gorillas, but he was memorable because he was so intelligent. He showed a positive attitude as far as leadership. He nurtured his siblings, he would carry them around. That was one of the reasons I pushed for him to go to Cincinnati, so that he could have a family.”

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Harambe, Gorilla Killed at Cincinnati Zoo, ‘Had to Pay the Price’: Experts

by ELIZABETH CHUCK

NBC News

MAY 31 2016, 1:30 PM ET

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ harambe-gorilla-killed-cincinnati-zoo-had-pay-price-experts-n583146

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Despite outrage from the public, some experts and activists believe the Cincinnati Zoo was right to fatally shoot an endangered gorilla after a toddler fell into the animal’s enclosure.

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All accredited zoos, such as Cincinnati’s, have protocols in place for when an animal threatens staff or visitors. In this case, the zoo had to decide whether to tranquilize 17-year-old Harambe, a 450-pound western lowland gorilla, or to use greater force, said Ed Hansen, CEO of the American Association of Zoo Keepers.

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A lethal shot comes with the risk of accidentally shooting the person you’re trying to save, but a tranquilizer dart could have taken up to 30 minutes to work and comes with other risks, Hansen said.

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The Dangerous Animal Response Team first tried to coax Harambe out of the exhibit, according to zoo director Thane Maynard, but the team was only able to cajole the female gorillas away from the three-year-old, who slipped through the railing and plummeted more than 10 feet into the exhibit’s moat.

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As Harambe alternated between gently pawing the boy and dragging him, the team resorted to killing him. Maynard said Monday that the Cincinnati Zoo received an outpouring of support for the decision from colleagues around the world  including famed primatologist Jane Goodall.

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“We stand by our decision,” he said. “We’d make the same decision today.”

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Still, some critics felt the zoo should have done more before killing Harambe, one of fewer than 175,000 western lowland gorillas worldwide.

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And many urged authorities to hold the boy’s parents criminally responsible: An online petition called “Justice for Harambe” had more than 330,000 signatures Tuesday.

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Harambe the gorilla: the zoo killing thats set the internet on fire, explained

Updated by Alex Abad-Santos

May 31, 2016, 10:30 a.m. ET

http://www.vox.com/2016/5/31/11813640/ harambe-gorilla-cincinnati-zoo-killed

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Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, turned 17 at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden on Friday. The zoo celebrated his birthday. The next day, zoo officials shot and killed the critically endangered ape.

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The reason? Harambe acted like a gorilla.

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On the day Harambe died, a 4-year-old boy managed to get into his enclosure. Video of the incident shows that Harambe grabbed the child, stood over him at times, and dragged him. The severity of Harambe’s actions and the perceived reasoning behind them depend on whom you ask. And after evaluating the situation, zoo officials decided to kill Harambe instead of tranquilizing him.

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It took around 10 minutes from the moment the boy fell into Harambe’s enclosure to the decision to kill Harambe. But the controversy surrounding Harambe’s death has just begun.

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Some people believe Harambe was protecting the child in the same way a gorilla would protect its own offspring. However, according to the incident report cited by the New York Times, Harambe was described as “violently dragging and throwing the child.”

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Once zoo officials were notified of the incident  about 10 minutes after the boy fell in  they decided the child was in danger. They later explained it was clear a tranquilizer was not an option because of the risk that tranquilizing Harambe would make him react dangerously.

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The real issue of Harambe’s death is about the idea of responsibility and accountability, or rather the lack of both when it comes to Michelle Gregg, the mother of the child who slipped into Harambe’s enclosure. The basic question: How could any mother let her 4-year-old child fall into an enclosure?

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According to the Cincinnati Zoo’s annual report, 1.5 million visitors visited the park in 2014 to 2015, and the park has accommodated around or more than 1 million visitors over the past six years. Included in those numbers are millions of parents who managed to keep an eye on their children and not let them fall into a gorilla pit.

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According to WLWT-TV, this was the first breach at the zoo since its opening in 1978.

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There’s also the question of exactly how long Gregg’s child was unsupervised. When zoos make exhibits, they employ experts and architects who create barriers to make sure it’s difficult for people to get in and for the animals to get out. The Cincinnati Zoo had a barrier, bushes, a 15-foot drop (there’s a wall so the gorillas can’t climb out), and a shallow moat enclosing the gorilla exhibit.

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Unless Gregg’s child was gifted and coordinated, these barriers would make it very difficult, if not delay a child immensely, to get into the enclosure.

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It just seems a little puzzling to not be able to keep an eye on your child especially in a place where killing beasts  gorillas, lions, wild African dogs, and wolves  roam. And the missing child must have been missing for some time to get through the barriers on his own.

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There’s also the matter of Gregg’s perceived lack of accountability.

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In a now-deleted Facebook post, Gregg said she was a good parent and that this was an accident and cited God as the reason her child wasn’t harmed:

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It’s not like Gregg lost track of her son and he bumped his head on a kitchen table or burned himself on a hot pan. Because of Gregg’s lack of supervision, an endangered animal was killed and her son’s life was put in danger.

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Gregg’s perceived lack of remorse (she didn’t mention Harambe’s death) in this Facebook post has garnered an outpouring of online hate. There are now online petitions (this one has 47,000-plus signatures; another has 317,000-plus signatures) asking for Child Protective Services to investigate Gregg for neglect. There’s so much vitriol out there against Gregg that another Michelle Gregg has been harassed by people online. There are also unfounded rumors that Gregg is planning to sue to zoo, which would only build the hate against her.

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Harambe’s death isn’t unlike that of Cecil the lion, a beloved big cat that was killed by an American dentist last year, or Marius, a giraffe at a Copenhagen zoo that zoo officials killed to feed lions in 2014. Harambe, Cecil, and Marius were all majestic animals that died because of human intervention. And the internet and social media, I fully believe, have raised our empathy and awareness of animals by exposing us to more animals in general

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In the wake of Harambe’s death, there’s been a huge swell of social media backlash against Gregg and against the zoo  not unlike the backlash against the dentist who killed Cecil and the Copenhagen Zoo, which euthanized Marius. Disputes over human responsibility are being raised, as are debates about gorillas living in captivity and questions about the ethics of having zoos in the first place.

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Gregg made a huge mistake  she might be the only member in the “parent who let their child play with a gorilla club”  by not watching her son closely enough. She’s admitted as much. But the internet and social media have a way of crystallizing this story and turning Gregg into a lightning rod for hate.

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The Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Tragedy Has Started a Mom-Shaming Mob

By Laura June

New York Magazine

http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/05/ zoo-mother-mobbed-after-gorilla-harambe-killed.html

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Taking a horrific situation and making it worse is something people on the internet excel at, and this Memorial Day weekend has been no exception. On Saturday, in front of a horrified crowd, zoo officials shot and killed a beloved 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe, after a 4-year-old boy climbed under a fence and fell almost 20 feet into the habitat where the giant apes live.

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The boy was unharmed from both the fall and the gorilla, who dragged him through a foot of water at one point. There was no indication that the gorilla wanted to harm the child, but  knowing the strength of the animal zoo officials decided the boy was in critical danger. Worried that tranquilizers would take too long to be effective, they made the decision to shoot and kill the gorilla.

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Animal lovers and activists from all over the world have reacted with outrage. A change.org petition calling for charges of criminal negligence against the parents has obtained more than 340,000 signatures. The zoo has said it has no plans to charge anyone.

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There is more than enough blame to go around in this situation, which is clearly tragic for the gorillas, who live in captivity and are endangered in the wild. The fact that it was killed is sad, but, in the eyes of the zoo, it was unavoidable in the moment. The zoo’s director, Thane Maynard, said in a press conference, “Were talking about an animal that Ive seen crush a coconut with one hand.”

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Though some have jumped to blame the zoo for shooting Harambe, most blame has focused on the mother of the child, who has not been officially identified. After internet commenters on Facebook, Twitter, and thousands of news sites jumped to criticize and charge her with negligence

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A “Justice for Harambe” page, which has more than 100,000 “likes” flaunts a cornucopia of horrific commentary. “Cincinnati has more than enough spoiled 4 year olds with parents who don’t watch over their children! We only had 1 Harambe! The gorilla was worth more than the stupid kid!” writes Bonnie Evers of Cincinnati; “They are trying to cover up that the child’s life was never in danger from the gorilla,” wrote Dave Mcnemar, of Maryland, inexplicably. “Zoos aren’t your babysitters,” is a fairly common sentiment floating around. The Daily Mail reported that the child’s father has a “lengthy criminal history,” as if that were germane to any of this.

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Petition calling for ‘Harambe’s Law’ gathers over 100k supporters

KMOV.com

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Activists are banding together in support of Harambe by creating a petition to pass ‘Harambe’s Law.’

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The petition states the law would give legal consequences when an endangered animal is harmed or killed due to the negligence of visitors.

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As of Tuesday morning, the petition has more than 106,000 supporters. Once it reaches enough signatures, its author – a woman from Chicago – said she plans to send it to lawmakers.

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Another petition, by a woman in Cincinnati, blames the boy’s parents for neglect and calls for them to be investigated. That one has more than 300,000 supporters.

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Locally, community members took to social media immediately after news broke of the death of 17-year-old

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The complete articles may be read at the URLs provided for each.

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[Educator-Gold] ANIMALS: GORILLAS : ZOOS : PARENTS AND PARENTING : VIDEOS: Texas Zookeeper Who Raised Killed Gorilla From Birth Mourns His Death

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