Gorilla Mom Gets Off Scot-Free

By Adele

It comes as no surprise that no charges will be filed against the mother whose 3-year-old son climbed into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, causing an endangered silverback gorilla named Harambe to be shot to death.

Parents have circled the wagons yet again with a verdict that basically says, “Aw, she’s already suffered enough. Didn’t you hear how upset she sounded on the 911 call?” God forbid anyone should ever question a negligent parent’s competence or imply they could do better.

We learned from CBS This Morning that the mother visited the zoo with her son and three daughters, ages 1-7. She was with a friend who also had two children. So, two adults to watch six kids, including at least one infant.

The statement the mother’s family issued (quoted from CBS This Morning) said, in part…

“We are very pleased with the decision. It is what we expected.”

Of course it is. They go on their merry way while the zoo, which has never had a human breach its enclosures before, is now under investigation, and just sucks up its losses in its gorilla breeding program, not to mention the expense of reinforcing the barrier around the gorillas.

The tables turn to make this mother come off like the innocent victim of the zoo. At the very least, she should have been ordered to pay for the new barrier.

The mother was presented in court as a diligent parent whose child “just scampered off” while she turned away for a few seconds. It could happen to anybody, right?

Yes, it could, if you’re so stupid you pop out four kids in seven years, and then drag them to a place full of wild animals before they’re old enough to handle it.

Here’s my solution for these parents: Harnesses and leashes.

If your children can walk but don’t know how to behave in public, put them on leashes so they can drag you wherever they go. Then YOU can take responsibility for protecting them and stop expecting the world to do it for you.

8 Responses to Gorilla Mom Gets Off Scot-Free

  1. Francis Alan Wormald says:


  2. catsworking says:

    I am rarely seen in public, except at the vet’s. But all Cats Working cats wear proper harnesses and leashes if we are in any situation where we might bolt or otherwise get into trouble. We don’t all walk around on a leash like a dog (although Max and Roc are learning), but a leash keeps us from getting away from Karen.

    If she ever took us to the zoo, I’m sure we would be on leashes or in a carrier. Not that we’d ever want to visit a zoo. Just sayin’.

  3. yadayada118 says:

    THIS mother is appalled at THAT mother’s negligence, too. We always kept close tabs on our kid at the National Zoo. It should be instinctual to watch your kids no matter where you are. Some people just shouldn’t be parents. And silverbacks are on the endangered species list for a reason: Man has continued to encroach on their territories. No surprise it happens at the zoo, too. RIP, Harambe.

  4. yadayada118 says:

    Yadayada118 is actually Suzanne118. Don’t know why that always happens.

  5. catsworking says:

    Hi, Suzanne118! We didn’t name you yadayada118.

    A commenter on the previous Harambe post made the point that adults should maybe be limited to 2 kids apiece in these situations. This woman had 4, all 7 or younger. You know they were probably excited and running in all directions, except for the one-year-old, whom we hope was at least in a stroller.

    People shouldn’t have more kids than they can see at once unless they have eyes on all sides of their head. And if the kids aren’t trained to heel on command (which this kid wasn’t), they should stay home.

  6. Mary Austin Hunter says:

    I totally agree with this post. I was kind of on the fence, having never been a parent, but as you pointed out four kids in seven years! This is certainly not the first time she did not have control of her kids, as we will probably find out. I feel so sorry for this animal who had to be put down. It should have never had to happen.

  7. Bacardi1 says:

    I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again: Some people simply should not be allowed to breed.

  8. catsworking says:

    Bacardi1, we are with you. Any idiot can pop out a child, but you need a license to fish. Go figure.

    Mary, when people pop out more kids in rapid succession than it’s humanly possible for their mom to control, you have to not only question their parenting abilities, but their basic common sense.

    The real kick in the gut here is that Harambe was killed the day after his 17th birthday, and he was considered to be just a teenager with his breeding days still ahead of him.

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