By TJ Cantamessa

Zookeepers shot and killed a rare gorilla on Saturday after a 3 year old boy slipped into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, triggering outrage over how the situation was handled. Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard said he stands by the decision to kill 17 year old silverback Harambe to save the child. The boy went under a rail, through wires and over a moat wall to get into the enclosure, according to the zoo. “That child’s life was in danger. People who question that don’t understand you can’t take a risk with a silverback gorilla, this is a dangerous animal,” he said. “Looking back, we’d make the same decision. The child is safe.”  Zookeepers said. People quickly went to the internet to express their outrage over the killing, many posting on Twitter and starting Facebook pages such as “Justice for Harambe.”
Some people say that the reason they are upset is because the Gorilla was shot and not tranquilized. Zookeepers say that their would have been no use in tranquilized the 450 pound beast because it could take up to 20 minutes to take effect and that might not even of been possible just because the animal was so agitated. I talked to a woman here in the North Eugene area named Chrisi Potter and she said “I don’t believe the Zookeepers did anything wrong, it comes down to, do you shoot the Gorilla or do you let the child die.” There is word of the parents possibly being charged with crimes based on the fact that they were not watching their child when the incident took place. I then talked to a woman named Kayla Goodman who said, “ I don’t think the animal should have been killed, it did show signs of violence but never signs to where he should have been shot.”