More than 250,000 people have signed a petition calling for police to investigate the parents of a child who fell into a zoo’s gorilla enclosure, prompting keepers to shoot the animal.
Outrage has mounted over the Cincinnati Zoo’s killing of Harambe, a Western lowland gorilla, whose species is listed as endangered.
Harambe was shot dead after dragging the four-year-old boy through shallow water and up a rock wall.
The petition called “Justice For Harambe” demands a police investigation into the family’s “negligence”.
It reads: “We the undersigned believe that the child would not have been able to enter the enclosure under proper parental supervision.
“Witnesses claim that they heard the child state that he wished to go into the enclosure and was actively trying to breach the barriers.
“This should have prompted the parents to immediately remove the child from the vicinity.
“It is believed that the situation was caused by parental negligence and the zoo is not responsible for the child’s injuries and possible trauma.
“We the undersigned want the parents to be held accountable for the lack of supervision and negligence that caused Harambe to lose his life.”
Dozens of animal rights activists held a vigil at the zoo on Monday and flowers were laid at a gorilla statue….see more