The big news story right now is a little boy that some how ended up in a gorilla habitat at a zoo and the gorilla was killed because of it. I obviously was not there but it saddens me that the gorilla had to lose its life because of the situation that played out.
I have no idea how the boy could possibly have ended up in the habitat. Parents should have been watching the child closely. Plus, the viewing area is quite a ways above the enclosure. Surely the boy did not fall because he would have been badly injured. So it probably took him time to get down there and his parents never noticed that he was gone until he ended up in the water?
Once the boy gets down there, it appears that the gorilla is trying to protect the little boy. It probably was a little frightened by all the people screaming above. Reports said that the boy was dragged a little but every video I watched that part was edited out. However, the gorilla did not ever try to kill the little boy and he had every chance to do so.
Because of some dumb actions of the parents, zoo keepers, and the little boy, an innocent gorilla had to lose its life. I know the reports said that tranquilizers would take too long but there are lots of people that interact with gorillas. How else did that one gorilla learn sign language? There was no need to kill the gorilla, especially since the little boy was not even seriously injured.