29 May 2016
At the Cincinnati Zoo late May, it was the case of choosing which one comes first between the live of a little boy and the life of a gorilla.
Reports had it that a 4-year-old boy crawled through a barrier at the Zoo, fell 10 to 12 feet into the enclosure of the Zoo’s 17-year-old male western lowland gorilla, Harambe.
On spotting the boy, the gorilla attacked the boy, violently dragging and throwing him for about 10 minutes before the Zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team deemed the situation “life-threatening” and responded accordingly, killing the gorilla.
This incidence raises some salient questions authorities at the Zoo must provide answer(s) to; one in particular is, how did this child manage to almost land himself in the hairy maws of death in an environment that should have stringent controls, especially for kids?
For the authorities at the Zoo, it was no doubt a clear choice between a human life or money/asset; their choice, many will agree was the right one.
From their decision, it is apparent human life, no matter how young outweighs wealth.
Author: Ekpeki Donald Pen Prince
Ekpeki Chovwe Donald styled the PenPrince is a writer and lawyer in equity. He has an unhealthy interest in wit, pun and poetry. When he’s not writing, he’s reading and when he’s not reading, he’s breathing. He breathes words.