Face of the day

Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, was fatally shot at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Photo / Supplied
Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, was fatally shot at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Photo / Supplied

Today’s face of the day is an animal not a human being. He was given a name because that is what we do with pets, we name them. When we take a beloved pet to the Vet to have it put down we say that it was put down or euthanised. We do not say that the vet killed our pet. If we have two pets from the same litter we don’t say they came from the same family.We don’t talk about a pet’s brothers and sister or Aunts and Uncles. When one dies before the other we do not refer to it as a tragedy. When we shoot an animal because we genuinely believed it was going to harm a child we do not call it a murder and we certainly do not expect an animal rights group to sue us.

Media describing today’s face of the day as if he was a human being is the most sensational piece of personification I have ever seen. An animal was shot to protect a human child. Someone needs to tell these journalists that Planet of the Apes was a movie not a documentary.Get over it already.

Harambe reportedly lost his mother and brother in a gas accident at a zoo 14 years ago.
The Mirror claims to have unearthed a Brownsville Herald article which reported Harambe was just a baby when Kayla, who was 10, and her one-year-old son, Makoko, died in a gas leak at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas in 2002.


Another female, two-year-old Uzuri, also died and several others were injured.
Deputy zoo director and zoologist Patrick Burchfield told the paper at the time another young male was in a “serious condition”. It’s not clear if that was Harambe.

A video of Harambe taken about a year before the accident has been shared on social media. It shows Harambe, aged about one, affectionately hugging the keeper as she shows him off to schoolchildren.

“Here is a video clip of Harambe when we went to the Gladys Porter Zoo on a classroom field trip. To this day all of my students have fond memories of Harambe,” Dan Van Coppenolle wrote on Facebook.


Harambe, a 200kg western lowland gorilla, was shot dead on Saturday by workers at the Cincinnati Zoo who feared he would kill Isiah after he tumbled into the enclosure.

Witnesses said Isiah had wanted to get into the exhibit and climbed over a one-metre barrier, falling 4.6 metres into a moat. Zookeepers shot the gorilla after he violently dragged and tossed the child, officials said.

The boy’s mother said on Facebook that he suffered a concussion and scrapes but is otherwise fine. The family has also received death threats.

Animal lovers continue to express outrage over Harambe’s killing, with online petitions at change.org drawing thousands of signatures demanding Justice for Harambe.


The death of the gorilla also prompted the animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now to file a negligence complaint on Tuesday against the zoo with the US Department of Agriculture. The group is seeking the maximum penalty of $US10,000 ($13,833).

– news.com.au

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