Compassion for Harambe, the Little Boy & the His Mother
By Manuela Domingos
The past few days have been filled with overwhelming rage about the death of an endangered gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo after a young boy had managed to slip in its enclosure. The internet has started a petition aiming to bring the boy’s parents criminally accountable for the death of the animal. The boy’s father, who was not present at the time of the incident has also been dragged into the mix, as his “criminal history” has been bought to light.
People are furious at the mother, going as far as to call her actions “negligent” and questioning the parenting skills of both parents. An investigation is currently pending to determine whether anyone is to be held criminally accountable for the death of the gorilla.
In the video that has been released, you can clearly see the young boy being dragged by the gorilla through the waters. Other times Harambe is seen seemingly protecting the little boy. Either way, it is clear that everyone is divisive about whether or not the endangered animal deserved to be killed.
One could imagine the terrifying moment it may have been for the child and his mother. It is clear that the animal, the young boy, and the mother were all victims of this unfortunate event. Just as much as Harambe deserved to live, the boy’s mother deserves to not be bullied for an occurrence that was beyond her control. It is easy for us to point fingers and blame the mother for not “protecting” her child, but we were not present for the moment that it occurred.
An audio of a 911 call from the mother and the operator has been released. During the crucial moments of the incident, you could hear the tremor in the mother’s voice, begging for someone to come help her child.
I think as a society, sometimes it is important that we recognize that we are not perfect. In the blink of an eye, anything can happen. It is unfortunate that Harambe had to die. But perhaps sometimes in the most unfortunate of events, compassion goes a long way. My heart goes out to the mother, the little boy, and Harambe.