Magnificent, wasn’t he?

Beautiful–and even somewhat majestic.

Looked so human-like, too.

I don’t like animal rights activists–they tend to place the needs of animals above the needs of people, ever failing to realize that people are animals.

Nevertheless, animal rights activists are right in holding the parents and the zoo responsible for the death of Harambe.

Ironically, this wouldn’t have happened a century ago–maybe even a half-century ago–because zoos were zoos then, and the animals were kept in child-proof cages.

Yet those cages were inhumane, to say the least–expanding zoos into zoological parks was more humane.

But these more humane zoological parks–in which cages have been replaced with craters surrounded by moats–require more security.

And that Cincinnati Zoo spokesman is just wrong–the fact that a four-year-old boy was able to get into that gorilla enclosure is proof that it wasn’t secure enough.

And that child’s mother is wrong too–this was not an accident.  On the video she is heard reassuring her son that everything will be alright.  What she should have been doing, instead, was screaming at the top of her lungs, “Help–my son has climbed into the gorilla enclosure!”

Yes, I know a four-year-old boy is hard to keep up with–I was a four-year-old boy. A four-year-old boy is even more curious than a cat–yet hasn’t learned that curiosity killed the cat.  A four-year-old boy requires an abundance of guidance and supervision.  And most mothers know this–my mother would have never let something like that happen to me.  Neither would my father.

I wasn’t there–but I’ll bet that woman was glued to a goddamned smartphone at the time her son crawled into the gorilla enclosure–those goddamned mobile devices are making negligent parents out of even the best of parents.

The zoo was negligent–and still is.

The mother was negligent–and still is.

But if these problems with negligence are corrected–what then?

Zoos make a positive contribution to society–people are able to see the endangered creatures they’re encouraged to protect.  And animals that are endangered in the wild are able to be bred in captivity–as Harambe was.

The same is true with aquariums–people are able to see the endangered creatures they’re encouraged to protect.  And animals that are endangered in the wild are able to be bred in captivity.

Yet it seems to me that Harambe would have been a lot better off being given the chance to take his chances with others of his species in wild West Africa–a lot better off than ending up dead because of a zoo’s and a parent’s negligence–and the negligence of bystanders so quick to make videos of the ordeal, with their goddamned smartphones, yet completely averse to doing anything to save both the child and the gorilla from harm.

Wild creatures belong in the wild–not in captivity.

We can enjoy zoos and aquariums while they last–but it’s best if we start thinking ahead to a time when we’ll all visit wild creatures in their wild world, rather than goggle them in captivity in our dysfunctional world.



  1. 1 thesmilingpilgrim June 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Absolutely beautiful 🙂

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