20 Year Old Video Shows Gorilla Save Toddler’s Life After He Fell into Chicago Zoo Enclosure

Posted by on June 7, 2016 in Animals and Pets, Conscious Living with 19 Comments

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By Vandita | We Are Anonymous

It’s been a week since Harambe, a 17-year-old critically endangered Western lowland silverback gorilla, was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo when trying in order to save a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into the moat surrounding his enclosure.

The death of Harambe not only caused outrage on social media, it also infuriated animal rights activistswho are now asking pertinent questions: Did the zoo make the right decision in killing the gorilla? Was a lethal shot the only option? Why didn’t the zoo officials tranquilize Harambe?


The unfortunate incident has ignited uproar the world over, with some criticizing the zoo’s decision to put down the gorilla instead of sedating, or drawing the animal away from the boy: and others blaming the boy’s mother for not supervising the child, which resulted in Harambe’s death.

Whether the zoo sues the parents because the gorilla ended up getting killed, or if the mother sues the Cincinnati Zoo for not making the gorilla compound secure enough, the latest footage suggests the child was NOT in danger. In fact, the gorilla was protecting, rather than threatening, the boy minutes before he was shot dead.

Eyewitnesses to the incident have also claimed the gorilla was showing no aggression towards the boy until the screams from the onlookers panicked Harambe, causing him to drag the boy across the water.

A similar incident happened in 1996, at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois, when a 3-year-old boy slipped away from his mother and tumbled more than 15 feet into a pit holding several gorillas. Binti Jua, then an 8-year-old Western lowland silverback gorilla, scooped up the toddler and mothered him for several minutes, while toting her own 17-month-old baby on her back, before carrying him safely to paramedics. The 20 year old video also shows Binti Jua carrying the limp boy while zookeepers spray water from above to keep the other gorillas in the exhibit from interfering.

Same incident, same animal, but neither the gorilla nor the child died. The outcome could have been different at the Cincinnati Zoo too if only…

Ian Redmond, chairman of The Gorilla Organization, told CNN zookeepers had other options:

“When gorilla or other apes have things they shouldn’t have, keepers will negotiate with them, bring food, their favorite treats, pineapple or some kind of fruit that they don’t know and negotiate with them. I don’t know if that was tried or people thought there was too much danger but it does seem very unfortunate that a lethal shot was required.”

But former zookeeper Amanda O’Donoughue, who has worked with gorillas as a zookeeper in her 20s, defended Cincinnati Zoo’s controversial decision to shoot the gorilla as the only way to save the child. She attempted to explain why using a tranquilizer may not have been a good idea in a viralFacebook post, which is now deleted for reasons unknown:

“Harambe was most likely not going to separate himself from that child without seriously hurting him first (again due to mere size and strength, not malicious intent) Why didn’t they use treats? Well, they attempted to call them off exhibit (which animals hate), the females in the group came in, but Harambe did not. What better treat for a captive animal than a real live kid! 

They didn’t use Tranquilizers for a few reasons: A. Harambe would’ve taken too long to become immobilized, and could have really injured the child in the process as the drugs used may not work quickly enough depending on the stress of the situation and the dose. B. Harambe would’ve have drowned in the moat if immobilized in the water, and possibly fallen on the boy trapping him and drowning him as well.”

As debate over the incident continued, Redmond insisted that Harambe could have lived. He wrote inThe Guardian:

Watching the shaky phone video, it is clear that the child was understandably frightened and the gorilla understandably stressed, but in the video shown on the news websites, Harambe did not attack the child. He pulled the child through the water of the moat, at one point held his hand – apparently gently, stood him up and examined his clothing.

The video is two minutes and 34 seconds long, however, and we are told the incident lasted some 10 minutes. Clearly if a silverback wanted to kill a child, he could do so in an instant. But he didn’t. It would seem that the danger was more to do with whether the boy might bang his head on a rock while being dragged.”


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  1. If that is the kid on the Gorillas back, thats the ugliest kid I’ve ever seen. That is a baby Gorilla. Whose leg are you trying to pull. Also they are made of stone. Yes, the right thing was done in Ohio.

    • You can look up the video on YouTube, there were two other toddlers that have fallen into enclosures with gorillas.
      However, the video where the gorilla who held the child who fell in, was a female.
      Males are more aggressive.
      All in all, animals are unpredictable, so I agree a chance shouldn’t have been taken with the Ohio zoo incident.
      But, I think the zoo should have taken some responsibility for having penetrable enclosures. No one should have been able to get in, in any way, accident or not.
      It’s sad, because whether the boy was harmed or not, they would have shot him. So the zookeepers need to rethink their construction for the enclosures, to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
      It wasn’t an isolated incident, so they can’t say they didn’t know something like that could happen.

    • Delis Alms Delis Alms says:

      I do not think that the designers had a willful child in mind when they designed it. The 3 year old went over the fence, through the shrubbery and fell over into the moat. Perhaps a plexy glass barrier or a fence that young kids can’t climb.

    • Delis Alms Delis Alms says:

      Different incidences different designs.

    • I am well aware of other kids falling into the pits as have adults jumping in. Better enclosures do need to be made safer.

    • I was only trying to make light of a very serious incident. Meant no harm either way. Case closed.

  2. Stop it. This Is over. The conversation about the unconscious boy has already been talked about. The distraction is passed so let it go. Unless this page is part of the “let’s distract” them so they’re not aware of our real issues. Walls collapsing.

  3. I got to leave this page….

  4. Second guessing is useless.

  5. That stupid useless mother is trying to get money for the murdering of Harambe!!! It’s her damn fault for not watching her brat!!! God they shot the wrong animal!!! She should be prosecuted. Harshly!!!

    • don’t forget she was smoking crack in the bathroom…your part of the problem with bad information and bigotry.

    • How am I a bigot? And where do you smoke your crack asshat? I think the gorilla was more important than some dumbass mother who wasn’t watching her brat. As for being a bigot? I don’t even know what color the bitch is! A bad mother is a bad mother. Now she is looking to cash in on her mistake.

    • Wendy Hardin How is she trying to “cash in” for her mistake? Last I heard they wanted to be left alone, and felt terrible about the whole incident!

    • There is a news post that she is considering a lawsuit against the zoo now because the enclosure was not child proof. How is that not cashing in on a death she is responsible for? I do not consider people like her victims. She created other victims. Her child, and now a murdered gorilla. You have you opinion I have mine.

  6. Hey-hey-hey!…..made ya look!…?

  7. How about super tuesday, fate of America… TRUMP giving a speech in an hour and Hilary will be giving one shortly after. Who cares about a dead gorilla… Aparently everyone, this is the type of stuff that people try to fill their minds with instead of stuff that will actually have an affect on their life. Sad really.

  8. 20 years ago? Times change( bull)

  9. Apparently the animal activists don’t care about the boys life regardless of who maybe at fault, mother, child etc. That was a little boy not a toy which this gorilla was dragging through the water. It would seem the zoo used whatever and whichever force was the quickest and most effective even if it meant shooting.

  10. Tired of this gorilla story..

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