That is, until one day a young boy crawled through a gap in the fence of the gorilla enclosure and fell into the mote.
The sheer notion of the child being in an enclosure with three gorillas is frightening enough, but seeing the monkey drag the child is even more disturbing.
And, the child ultimately had to go to the hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. We presume at the least an arm was dislocated and/or broken at the least, though that is only speculation.
Harambe being shot was necessary once the boy’s life was clearly in danger, but it is sad nonetheless and the zoo is ultimately responsible for allowing unsafe conditions.