I’m so sick of hearing this news story – “Animal shot dead because human fell into zoo enclosure.” There are way too many problems with this. I don’t know what the ultimate solution is, as every circumstance is different, but I do know that I can’t stand to hear another story about a beautiful creature dying because of a stupid human being.
The first story this week was of a man attempting to commit suicide. A naked man in Chile jumped into the lion enclosure at Santiago Metropolitan Zoo. The zoo staff shot the lions after the man removed his clothes and approached the lions…
First of all, I am sad that no one realized this man needed help. For all we know family and friends could have tried to get this man help but they were unsuccessful. Either way, this man was suicidal and this is how he wanted to go out. So what happens? Two innocent lions, WILD ANIMALS, die because they maul him. He jumped into the enclosure, he gets attacked. What do people expect?
The next story – a four year old child gets attacked by a gorilla because the kid climbed through the railing, over wires and fell into the enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. First responders “witnessed a gorilla who was violently dragging and throwing the child,” Cincinnati Fire Department Chief Marc Monahan wrote in a statement. So what happens? The gorilla is shot dead.
The child is alive and thank God for that. BUT, yet another wild animal is killed because of idiot parents who stood by and watched their kid climb through the railing and fall into the gorilla pit. Who’s fault is that???? Where the heck were the parents and what were they doing?
To make matters worse, a witness stated that the child was telling his mom very persistently that he wanted to go into the gorilla enclosure. Kids aren’t stupid but they don’t understand the consequences of their actions. If they want to go pet the gorilla, they are going to do everything they can to do so! And guess what? Now the gorilla is dead because the idiot parent didn’t take proactive measures to ensure their child didn’t act on their words.
A Western lowland silverback gorilla is what attacked the child and got killed because of it. What’s worse is that species is “critically endangered” according to the World Wildlife Fund. UGH! That’s nice – a very endangered gorilla is killed because of people who shouldn’t be reproducing since they aren’t going to pay attention to their kid…
These are huge losses. These are majestic animals losing their lives because of idiot humans. This has got to stop. It’s bad enough that they are in zoos, because apparently zoos aren’t even safe for animals.
When is this madness going to come to an end? It’s one thing for wild animals to be injured or sick and taken to animal sanctuaries to live or be rehabilitated, but these lions and gorilla had absolutely no reason to be cooped up in a zoo and killed. If zoos need to be shut down, then shut them down. How many more beautiful animals are going to be killed on behalf of humans?
Of course these stories leave out people like Cecil the Lion’s killer – monsters who are killing big, gorgeous, endangered animals for greed. It’s got to stop. And soon.
“Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.” – Stephen King.