Why Didn’t They Leave the Gorilla Alone?

As the world now knows, Harambe the Gorilla was shot and killed by Cincinnati zookeepers after a young boy fell into the moat surrounding the gorilla exhibit. Some people are outraged at the zoo—many more at the parents of the boy—for putting down the 17-year-old, 450-lb silverback.

There will be plenty of time for blaming people in the days and weeks ahead. I would like to ask a more basic question: Why didn’t they just leave the poor gorilla alone? (more…)