Re: Gorilla shot at zoo
Shooting the gorilla was the right thing to do with the education, ability and understanding humans have about gorillas today. The parent is as much at fault for being distracted, as the zoo is for not having proper fencing to guard against this ever happening.
If the gorilla wanted to kill the child, he would have. Who knows what would have happened if the gorilla had not been killed? Obviously, we don't know enough about gorillas to know how to interact with them in a meaningful way. Unfortunately, the gorilla had to be killed.
Primates in zoos are more likely to be those whose mothers were shot and killed in the wild to make ashtrays out of their hands or use some glands for Chinese medicines. They are illegally taken in the wild for money. Those taking them range from desperately poor to professional high paid hunters/trappers.
As long as there is a demand and a supply, this will continue.
Many, if not all of those orphaned primates would not survive in the wild.
Zoos are no place for wild animals. They deserve to live naturally. Sometimes, their natural habitat is destroyed and they are forced to come in contact with humans whom they naturally fear. This is bigger than just a question of whether a wild animal is dangerous or not.
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