The Little Boy and The Gorilla

Talk about compromise and endangerment.
The second the little boy fell into a moat in the natural habitat of an adult male gorilla, at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens on May 28; both immediately became e.n.d.a.n.g.e.r.e.d. and their lives compromised. The little boy and the gorilla became vulnerable doing what came naturally to each of them.

  1. The gorilla was endangered from his natural African environment encroached upon by man, and other threats.
  2. The child was endangered; out of reach of caretakers or rescuers; coming face to face with a 400+ gorilla and nowhere to run.





What would compel Harambe to jump into the moat gorillas can’t stand, according to primates experts?
A Little Boy

Harambe, a beautiful Western Lowlands Silverback Gorilla, is categorized as “Critically Endangered” by the World Wildlife Federation. Harambe followed his instincts at the zoo; he explored, he followed what came naturally on a daily basis….Harambe was living in a habitat that included shrubs from his natural environment especially grown for him to eat. Harambe did not know the days of the week, or what a child exactly was. Harambe literally jumped with his natural instincts last Saturday, when an intruder in the form of a little boy, came into his environment…he even leaped into the moat he doesn’t like. Harambe was responding to life as he was created to do.



What compelled a little boy to crawl through a barrier and then fall 15 feet into a stone-enforced moat at zoo?
A Gorilla

When you’re very young your world is pretty huge; exploring is what you’ll do, regardless of the outcome. Cause and effect doesn’t amount to much, when you’re 3 or 4. A lot of times, you just go for it. Falling into a gorilla’s moat isn’t what happens everyday, but it comes naturally to little kids to climb and fall, compelled by instincts to touch life. The little boy responded to life as he was created to do.



Our community, and it appears the nation, has been reeling from the seconds that mattered, when the little boy fell into Harambe’s environment. Harambe, the Western Lowland Gorilla, met his early fate due to a compelling need of a small child to do what nature called him to do. The gorilla did the same.

My darling 5-year-old grandchild Clara went to the Cincinnati Zoo yesterday. She didn’t notice the protesters out front begging her to “Boycott the Zoo”. Her parents are members, from her first year of birth. Clara wouldn’t notice the blocked-off primate natural habitat exhibit, when she ran to her favorite places in the zoo, her world is enchanting, just like the little boy who fell into Harambe’s moat.



But Clara may have noticed the flowers on one of her favorite images at the zoo, the gorilla statue…she loves climbing on it, there are many photos of her doing that.

Children notice the things that make them sing with life; they respond to the call. That’s what the little boy did the afternoon he fell into the moat to see the gorilla.
And it changed everything.


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