CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Once again, Cincinnati is making national news. And, once again, it's a tragic story.
You've seen the video everywhere. Over the weekend -- a 3-year-old child fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo -- and the critically endangered animal was shot to save the life of the child.
Finger pointing began immediately.
I've got to tell you; I was one of them--asking the questions we all were asking--where were the parents? And why didn't the Zoo tranquilize the gorilla--instead of killing him?
Since then, we've heard—the mother simply looked away--and a 3-year-old was gone.
The Zoo Director tells us that they had no choice but to kill--because of the gorilla's agitation and in the length of time it would take for the tranquilizer to take effect the boy could have been killed.
Investigations are underway from local law enforcement to agencies overseeing the Zoo. Even though the exhibit had been accident free for more than 30 years, it will be a main focus before the area re-opens over the weekend.
Consider this: The one thing we can all agree upon—is that that this is a very sad story. And, whatever the investigations find—our finger pointing won't help.
We should feel sorry for the loss of the beloved gorilla and make sure measures are put in place so it doesn't ever happen again.