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Well d rose ever be in his prime again ?πŸ…ΎοΈ

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Animals, Beautiful, and Children: Amanda O'Donoughue Yesterday at 9:25 PM. 0 I am going to try to clear up a few things that have been weighing on me about Harambe and the Cinci Zoo since I read the news this afternoon. I have worked with Gorillas as a zookeeper while in my twenties (before children) and they are my favorite animal (out of dozens) that I have ever worked closely with. I am gonna go ahead and list a few facts, thoughts and opinions for those of you that aren't familiar with the species itself, or how a zoo operates in emergency situations. Now Gorillas are considered 'gentle giants' at least when compared with their more aggressive cousins the chimpanzee, but a 400+ pound male in his prime is as strong as roughly 10 adult humans. What can you bench press? OK, now multiply that number by ten. An adult male silverback gorilla has one job, to protect his group. He does this by bluffing or intimidating anything that he feels threatened by. Gorillas are considered a Class 1 mammal, the most dangerous class of mammals in the animal kingdom again, merely due to their size and strength. They are grouped in with other apes, tigers, lions, bears, etc. While working in an AZA accredited zoo with Apes, keepers DO NOT work in contact with them. Meaning they do NOT go in with these animals. There is always a welded mesh barrier between the animal and the humanS. In more recent decades, zoos have begun to redesign enclosures, removing all obvious caging and attempting to create a seamless view of the animals for the visitor to enjoy watching animals in a more natural looking habitat. *this is great until little children begin falling into exhibits* which of course can happen to anyone, especially in a crowded zoo- like setting. I have watched this video over again, and with the silverback's postering, and tight lips, it's pretty much the stuff of any keeper's nightmares, and I have had MANY while working with them. This job is not for the complacent. Gorillas are kind, curious, and sometimes silly, but they are also very large, very strong animals. I always brought my OCD to work with me. checking and rechecking locks to make sure my animals and l remained separated before entering to clean I keep hearing that the Gorilla was trying to protect the boy. I do not find this to be true. Harambe reaches for the boys hands and arms, but only to position the child better for his own displaying purposes. Males do very elaborate displays when highly agitated, slamming and dragging things about. Typically they would drag large branches, barrels and heavy weighted balls around to make as much noise as possible. Not in an effort to hurt anyone or anything (usually) but just to intimidate. It was clear to me that he was reacting to the screams coming from the gathering crowd Harambe was most likely not going to separate himself from that child without seriously hurting him first (again due to mere size and strength, not malicious intent) Why didn't they use treats? well, they attempted to call them off exhibit (which animals hate), the females in the group came in, but Harambe did not. What better treat for a captive animal than a real live kid! They didn't use Tranquilizers for a few reasons, A Harambe would've taken too long to become immobilized, and could have really injured the child in the process as the drugs used may not work quickly enough depending on the stress of the situation and the dose B. Harambe would've have drowned in the moat if immobilized in the water, and possibly fallen on the boy trapping him and drowning him as well. Many zoos have the protocol to call on their expertly trained dart team in the event of an animal escape or in the event that a human is trapped with a dangerous animal. They will evaluate the scene as quickly and as safely as possible, and will make the most informed decision as how they will handle the animal I can't point fingers at anyone in this situation, but we need to really evaluate the safety of the animal enclosures from the visitor side. Not impeding that view is a tough one, but there should be no way that someone can find themselves inside of an animal's exhibit. I know one thing for sure, those keepers lost a beautiful, and I mean gorgeous silverback and friend. I feel their loss with them this week. As educators and conservators of endangered species, all we can do is shine a light on the beauty and majesty of these animals in hopes to spark a love and a need to keep them from vanishing from our planet. Child killers, they are not. It's unfortunate for the conservation of the species, and the loss of revenue a beautiful zoo such as Cinci will lose. tragedy all around. *me working (very carefully) with a 400+ pound silverback circa 2009 <p>Information from a zookeeper about why shooting the gorilla was absolutely necessary.</p>
Animals, Beautiful, and Children: Amanda O'Donoughue
 Yesterday at 9:25 PM. 0
 I am going to try to clear up a few things that have
 been weighing on me about Harambe and the Cinci
 Zoo since I read the news this afternoon.
 I have worked with Gorillas as a zookeeper while in my
 twenties (before children) and they are my favorite
 animal (out of dozens) that I have ever worked closely
 with. I am gonna go ahead and list a few facts,
 thoughts and opinions for those of you that aren't
 familiar with the species itself, or how a zoo operates
 in emergency situations.
 Now Gorillas are considered 'gentle giants' at least
 when compared with their more aggressive cousins
 the chimpanzee, but a 400+ pound male in his prime
 is as strong as roughly 10 adult humans. What can
 you bench press? OK, now multiply that number by
 ten. An adult male silverback gorilla has one job, to
 protect his group. He does this by bluffing or
 intimidating anything that he feels threatened by.
 Gorillas are considered a Class 1 mammal, the most
 dangerous class of mammals in the animal kingdom
 again, merely due to their size and strength. They are
 grouped in with other apes, tigers, lions, bears, etc.
 While working in an AZA accredited zoo with Apes,
 keepers DO NOT work in contact with them. Meaning
 they do NOT go in with these animals. There is always
 a welded mesh barrier between the animal and the

 humanS.
 In more recent decades, zoos have begun to redesign
 enclosures, removing all obvious caging and
 attempting to create a seamless view of the animals
 for the visitor to enjoy watching animals in a more
 natural looking habitat. *this is great until little
 children begin falling into exhibits* which of course
 can happen to anyone, especially in a crowded zoo-
 like setting.
 I have watched this video over again, and with the
 silverback's postering, and tight lips, it's pretty much
 the stuff of any keeper's nightmares, and I have had
 MANY while working with them. This job is not for the
 complacent. Gorillas are kind, curious, and sometimes
 silly, but they are also very large, very strong animals.
 I always brought my OCD to work with me. checking
 and rechecking locks to make sure my animals and l
 remained separated before entering to clean
 I keep hearing that the Gorilla was trying to protect
 the boy. I do not find this to be true. Harambe reaches
 for the boys hands and arms, but only to position the
 child better for his own displaying purposes.
 Males do very elaborate displays when highly
 agitated, slamming and dragging things about.
 Typically they would drag large branches, barrels and
 heavy weighted balls around to make as much noise
 as possible. Not in an effort to hurt anyone or
 anything (usually) but just to intimidate. It was clear to
 me that he was reacting to the screams coming from

 the gathering crowd
 Harambe was most likely not going to separate
 himself from that child without seriously hurting him
 first (again due to mere size and strength, not
 malicious intent) Why didn't they use treats? well, they
 attempted to call them off exhibit (which animals
 hate), the females in the group came in, but Harambe
 did not. What better treat for a captive animal than a
 real live kid!
 They didn't use Tranquilizers for a few reasons, A
 Harambe would've taken too long to become
 immobilized, and could have really injured the child in
 the process as the drugs used may not work quickly
 enough depending on the stress of the situation and
 the dose B. Harambe would've have drowned in the
 moat if immobilized in the water, and possibly fallen
 on the boy trapping him and drowning him as well.
 Many zoos have the protocol to call on their expertly
 trained dart team in the event of an animal escape or
 in the event that a human is trapped with a dangerous
 animal. They will evaluate the scene as quickly and as
 safely as possible, and will make the most informed
 decision as how they will handle the animal
 I can't point fingers at anyone in this situation, but we
 need to really evaluate the safety of the animal
 enclosures from the visitor side. Not impeding that
 view is a tough one, but there should be no way that
 someone can find themselves inside of an animal's
 exhibit.
 I know one thing for sure, those keepers lost a

 beautiful, and I mean gorgeous silverback and friend. I
 feel their loss with them this week. As educators and
 conservators of endangered species, all we can do is
 shine a light on the beauty and majesty of these
 animals in hopes to spark a love and a need to keep
 them from vanishing from our planet. Child killers,
 they are not. It's unfortunate for the conservation of
 the species, and the loss of revenue a beautiful zoo
 such as Cinci will lose. tragedy all around.
 *me working (very carefully) with a 400+ pound
 silverback circa 2009
<p>Information from a zookeeper about why shooting the gorilla was absolutely necessary.</p>

Information from a zookeeper about why shooting the gorilla was absolutely necessary.