Not at all surprised that countless people are arcing up about the shooting of that magnificent gorilla Harambe when the kid fell into his enclosure. Not only are many grieving the great ape's death and demanding justice; there's a lot of snark being aimed at the parents of the child in question over their "bad parenting". As well as bemoaning cruelty to animals, some activists are even seeing the event through the lens of racial politics.
The killing of Harambe was very sad, no doubt about it. But you can certainly see why the zoo staff acted so decisively. He was agitated, dragging the child around. Shooting a tranquilizer into his body would have enraged him before it took effect. He could easily have taken that anger out on the kid.
People like to think of great apes as completely gentle souls because they only eat plants and live in total harmony with the forest. But they are still wild animals, built like brick shit-houses. And they can lose their shit big time. (Actually, they're a bit like a lot of greenies in that regard -- though generally smarter, of course.)
They can violently attack humans even when they're well accustomed to their company, too. Travis the chimp -- who basically ripped most of a woman's face off -- is a case in point. (That said, he was a bit of a celebrity. That explains a lot, I suppose.)
So, anything could have happened during that ultra-tense situation at Cincinnati Zoo ... And I'm just glad that sanity prevailed. A human life was deemed more valuable than that of an animal. That is as it should be.
Let's just hope that wacky animal rights activists don't have their way. If they do, similar situations could pan out very differently in the future.