Mom of Son in Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla Killing: “God Protected My Child”

Two days after Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, was killed after a 4-year-old boy managed to get into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, media outlets including People Magazine are reporting that the child’s mother made a Facebook post about the incident. However, the post has been removed/the account has been deactivated, so I’m going to have to say this is *allegedly* from the boy’s mother. Below is a screen shot of the post taken by a reporter for

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Screen shot, Philip Lewis,

I feel terrible that this mom had to delete this post, undoubtedly because of backlash and threats from people who think she should be punished for the gorilla’s death. There is currently a petition on calling specifically for punishment for this mom, and it’s been signed by over 227,000 people. Even it is was her fault that the boy got into the enclosure (and I don’t know that it was), I’m pretty sure she’s suffered enough, what with all the people who have been publicly wishing her DEAD.

Personally, I am so sorry that the gorilla had to be shot, but I am so thankful that a child’s life was saved. God loves this child and has a purpose for his life—and his mama’s life, too.

Do you think the boy’s mom should be made to suffer any legal consequences for the gorilla’s death?


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Jenny Rapson
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