On the other hand, I know nothing about gorilla's, and I know nothing about the specific gorilla that got shot. I am not going to second guess the zoo personnel who had to deal with the situation. I'm sure the zoo people feel terrible about killing their gorilla, and did every thing they could to avoid it. They clearly did the best they could in a bad situation. And, the life of a four year old boy is more important than the life of a gorilla. I'm glad the boy lives.
A question that the newsies have been too ignorant to ask. . How does a small boy get into an enclosure stout enough to hold an adult gorilla? If the enclosure can keep gorillas in, why did it not keep small boys out?
Something for all parents to consider. Small children think live animals are cute and huggable. In the Disney movies all the animals talk and act like people. There was a time when a wild black bear strolled by my NH house. All the small children playing on my deck dashed down after the poor bear. They wanted to pet it. The bear, seeing what was coming for him, increased his pace smartly and disappeared into heavy woods before the kids got too close. Fortunately that bear did not have any cubs with it, or things might have gotten very ugly.
Parents ought to make sure their children understand that wild animals are dangerous, and should NOT be pursued. Wild animals are safe as long as you keep your distance. I have wild bears strolling about up here all the time. I keep my distance, the bears keep their distance, and we all stay very happy.