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Gorillagate: How many of you would have none of the slew of objections regarding the matter had it been your child?

Asked by SecondHandStoke (9507points) June 1st, 2016

Endangered species.

Use of firearms.

Gorillas that are black.

Civil lawsuits.

This news item is jammed packed with components that get multiple groups’ panties in a bunch.

But what if it was your kid?

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ibstubro's avatar

I’d sue if the zoo wouldn’t let me in the cage so I could achieve closure by taking a memorial selfie of me holding my child while he gave the “sleeping” gorilla a “good night” hug.

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

I’d apologize for my mistake and then go into hiding.

anniereborn's avatar

I would blame myself for all of it. Maybe that’s just my nature though.

zenvelo's avatar

If it was my kid, he wouldn’t have gotten into the enclosure. And like @anniereborn, if he did, I would blame myself.

trolltoll's avatar

I don’t really understand the question?

Stinley's avatar

@trolltoll I don’t either
@SecondHandStoke are you asking what I would have done or would do if my child and I were in this situation?

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

A better question would be to ask what he is drinking.

me? Old Mil light

Jak's avatar

Would not have ever been my child. I have never taken my kids to a zoo. I hate and am offended by the very concept of a zoo. And you can add circuses to that as well. So put that in your pipe and smoke it!

ragingloli's avatar

argumentum ad passiones

Lonelyheart807's avatar

I think the way the situation played out it was horrible and it was a real tragedy that they had to shoot the gorilla. Yes the parents should be at least partially to blame for not keeping an eye on their child but as to the issue of whether the gorilla should have been shot or not… we are talking about the life of a child as compared to an animal. Now I love animals except for maybe spiders and I hate the fact that the gorilla I had to be shot but anybody who saw the way the gorilla was dragging around that child for 15 or 20 minutes and questions that the right thing was done, well, all I can say is do you value the life of a gorilla over the life of a child? Sorry to vent but I feel pretty strongly about this.

anniereborn's avatar

@Lonelyheart807 Was he really being “dragged around for 15 or 20 minutes” ? I saw the video that everyone else has seen of course which isn’t even that long in total, so I don’t know. I am not saying anything one way or the other about what should have been done, I am just curious about this statement.

Lonelyheart807's avatar

The video didn’t show all 15 or 20 minutes but I read in some article that the gorilla had the child for 15 or 20 minutes and I think especially near the end of the video when the gorilla dragged the little boy up on that Big clifff or whatever it was, I think they became more concerned because it could have thrown the boy off and they couldn’t see entirely what was going on. So I’m just basing that on what I read.

ibstubro's avatar

I find the tendency to attach “gate” to something in order to suggest a seedy scandal annoying. Watergate. Just sayin.

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