There's continued mixed reaction to a decision to kill a 17 year old gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo.
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) May 28, 2016
The gorilla was put down, after a 4 year old boy climbed through a public barrier into the gorilla's enclosure.
The Zoo says their security team reacted quickly to save the child's life.
The child was taken to hospital and has now been released.
The decision to kill the gorilla has sparked outrage online. Some have suggested that the parents should be held criminally responsible. An online petition was launched, seeking justice for the gorilla, and thousands have signed the petition.
A petition has been launched urging police and zoo authorities to hold the parents of the child who entered a... https://t.co/EvXctfzo5p
— Sandra Lynn (@sandralynn0067) May 29, 2016
Others have said the parents are not to blame, and that the Zoo took the proper steps to save the life of the little boy.
I am deeply disturbed by the many attacks on the parents whose child fell into the gorilla cage.
— Jessica Ballinger (@jbtvs) May 31, 2016
I just went on a bit of a facebook rant about the child who fell into the gorilla cage. https://t.co/UVMQePvvVA
— Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) May 31, 2016
— Cincinnati Zoo (@CincinnatiZoo) May 29, 2016