The mother of the 3-year-old boy who fell into the enclosure of a 450-pound gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo on Sunday has finally broken her silence after receiving backlash from social media.
The incident, which resulted in the shooting of the 17-year-old Harambe, generated mixed reactions online where some netizens blamed the mother for poor parenting. Authorities who responded to the scene had to shoot dead Harambe in order to save the boy, but the decision did not sit well with some individuals.
In an article from People, Michelle Gregg took to Facebook to express her thoughts after an online rage has erupted following the incident. In the post, Gregg cried foul over the judgment she received because of the incident, including the people who questioned her parenting style.
“God protected my child until the authorities were able to get to him. My son is safe and was able to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes… no broken bones or internal injuries,” Gregg posted on Facebook, as quoted by People.
An online outrage is doing the rounds in the internet, blaming the kid’s mother for the unfortunate death of Harambe, a Western lowland silverback gorilla considered an endangered species.
“As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids. Accidents happen…” Gregg added.
On Sunday, Gregg’s family visited the Cincinnati Zoo with her other children. Onlookers said the 3-year-old kid joked to his mother about entering the gorilla’s enclosure. Minutes later, the mother was shocked to see her son inside the gorilla moat. The kid stayed in the enclosure for more than 10 minutes before authorities decided to shoot the gorilla after allegedly showing aggressive behavior towards the kid.
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