An investigation is now underway regarding the events which led to a four-year old boy falling into a Gorilla World enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. The young boy is now safe and back with parents. And now, one question remains. Should his parents face charges?
The Cincinnati Police says it is now investigating the circumstances that led to the Gregg’s son falling into the Gorilla enclosure. The department also emphasized that their review would only concern “the actions of the parents/family that led up to the incident” and not the actions of the zoo staff.
At the same time, a petition has started online to have the CPS investigate Michelle Gregg and her company. According to the petition, Gregg was not watching her child despite the young boy talking about “swimming” in the gorilla enclosure. The petition also alleges that because Gregg had failed to watch or control her child, an “almost extinct gorilla” has now been killed.
The petition also claims that Greg is intending to file a lawsuit against the Cincinnati Zoo for neglect.
On Saturday, parents Deonne Dickerson and Michelle Gregg were enjoying a weekend at the zoo when suddenly, things went horribly wrong. According to a report from the Cincinnati Zoo, the couple’s four-year old son had climbed through a public barrier in the Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. He ended up falling into the exhibit’s moat.
Following this, the Cincinnati Zoo said that they had managed to recall its two female gorillas. However, a third gorilla, a male, remained in the yard along with the young boy. The gorilla then proceeded to drag the boy around the enclosure, as seen in a video footage of the incident. In the end, the Cincinnati Zoo says that it’s Dangerous Animal Response Team made the difficult decision to shot the gorilla in order save the life of the young boy.
Following the incident, the rescued child was taken to the Children’s Hospital Medical Center. According to a report from the Guardian, the boy’s mother, Michelle Gregg had posted an update on her son’s condition on her Facebook page saying, ” My son is safe and was able to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes … no broken bones or internal injuries …” The said post, however, has since been deleted.