I’m going to hide behind my keyboard and state my opinion because some do-gooders who are afraid to cast blame and accept personal responsibility, on Facebook, are pissing me off and I don’t want to debate anything. My opinion isn’t about to be changed by diatribe and I am not going to change anyone else’s mind by voicing mine.
A Gorilla was shot and killed in a Cincinnati zoo because after saving a 4 year old from drowning in it’s enclosure, he proceeded to drag him around by the ankle and the staff responsible for the Gorilla feared for the boys life, so the endangered silverback, was shot dead. The animal behaviour was one of protection. He removed the child from the water, which he considered dangerous. He removed the child from the screaming people, which he considered dangerous and towards the back of his enclosure and towards his keepers.
Have you watched and more importantly, listed to the video?
The mother is calmly saying she loves the kid, from behind the THREE barriers, separating her from her son. Three.
Every single adult on the planet knows and understands that a child can dart away in a moment. No one, including me, faults the nature of a normal busy child as something the mother should have been able to control 100%. Kids get away from you. Then in a blind moment of panic, a parent screeches the child’s name normally while in pursuit of said child so they can be grabbed away from the harm they seem intent upon inflicting on themselves. This is the normal, day to day life of a parent/toddler which can be exponentially exasperated by the child’s excitement from a much anticipated activity, such as being at a zoo.
So explain to the public, awesome Darwinian mother of the year, on how your child was out of your vision long enough to climb over not 1, not 2, but 3 barricades and you didn’t notice his absence? Explain to me, how many minutes went by where you failed to notice your child was no longer holding your hand? Enlighten the public on how you were not in hot pursuit of your little spider monkey, as he went up and over each barricade or if unable to do so, that you weren’t calling others for help in catching him or stopping him?
You see, I AM judging you. I have the right as a mother of multiple kids who were all under the age of 4 at the same time. I know how it is to be in public with them when they are young and excited. As the mother of an autistic child who used to run, I get how hard it is to manage a child who does not listen and who you have to be on top of constantly to keep safe. It’s why you have to plan ahead for these types of excursions. I have been in positions where my children’s lives were in danger because of a situation beyond my control and I know the fear of not being able to help your child. It’s brutal.
And it’s why I am questioning your parenting.
Your tone of voice did not change indicating the urgency needed to react. You did not pursue your child. You did not call for help. You did not notice your child was missing for long enough for them to climb several barricades. You completely failed as a mother and as a result you placed your child in harms way. You were negligent and painfully unaware of the responsibility that comes when you have a busy toddler, to keep them restrained and under control. You may just be so overwhelmed you just didn’t notice your child was missing. If that’s the case, then maybe you should not have the responsibility of having young kids in your home unsupervised.
A gorilla is dead and it’s your fault. your child is traumatized and again, it’s your fault. You should be investigated by social services as you have failed publicly at being a suitable parent. You should have to pay 50% of the cost of the Gorilla’s loss as an endangered species. Because the zoo is responsible for the other 50%.
They should have had to foresight to protect the Gorilla from stupid parents.