A captive gorilla who was born at a zoo farm for use as a spectacle for humans, was murdered by authorities who misunderstood badly what was going on when human adults carelessly let their child climb into the pen with the simian who gently rescued the child from the water in a moat. This entire event shows clearly why gorillas and other simians need basic human rights by law and cease being treated like ‘animals’ used for medical research and entertainment.
Here is another, nearly identical encounter in the past from which nothing much was learned about zoo security:
I am still running a fever today and this makes working on the computer rather a challenge. I am also upset about what happened to this caged relative of ours, treated so cruelly yet was acting so caring and loving when he climbed into the moat to save the small child, and carefully collected the child and was protecting it when the humans began losing control and acting like monkeys throwing stones at humans.
That is, the gorilla was the sensible, caring person and the humans were acting like mindless beasts! This has drawn outrage internationally and the murder of this fine slave of human entertainment has been entirely on the side of the gorilla who is viewed as a victim. I agree.
I have tamed and trained many animals since childhood. Animal #1 was a Rocky Mountain skunk. I was very little and the cat had kittens in my drawer where I kept my clothes. She, Door Kitty, came home a day later with a baby skunk in her mouth and she nursed it and I handled it and played with Spotty and the kittens until Spotty grew up.
Never, ever did Spotty spray me. I was ‘family’. One day, we were told that it was wrong to keep the skunk so she was adopted by the staff at the Tucson Desert Museum and went around schools, to visit children because she was very child-friendly.
Then there was another animal one of my kitties, Snowball, brought home and parked under my bed when I was in sixth grade: Bob the Cat who was a bobcat.
Bob and I had a splendid time of it. I loved playing with Bob. I made these bird toys out of feathers from the chickens and would throw these all over to watch Bob fly through the air and snag them. He and I had tons of fun this way.
One tragic day, my mom bought fancy curtains for the living room. Bob and I ran into there and I threw one of these toys and it was near the new curtains and Bob flew onto the curtains, dug in his claws and RIIIPPP. Curtains shredded.
My mother was very angry with both of us and we ran off and hid. I was spanked but my dad didn’t kill Bob, he called the Desert Museum again and they adopted Bob. He, too, went around schools to show how wild animals look like, etc.
Well, I was given Lifetime Free Pass to the museum. Went ONCE. Bob saw me, heard my voice and went berserk, the staff decided it was too dangerous for me to visit. Most annoying. We adopted many desert animals over the years and interacting with wildlife was second nature for me growing up with both domestic and wild animals and I know how to interact with wild animals in general due to this.
For example, I enjoy standing outside in the early evening talking to owls. Yes, they do territorial hoots and I hoot back and they get all excited and fly nearby and crane their necks to see me and hoot again, for example.
I used to howl at coyotes in Tucson, while standing on the flat roof of the ranch. They would go nuts and everyone would have territorial fun. I also encouraged road runners to follow me around fed them reptiles and rodents from the swimming pool filter. The wild road runners would wait for me at the bus stop every day and would run across the road in front of the bus when it drove up, the birds do this deliberately, by the way.
Back to this criminal gorilla murder story: Parents-of-four whose son fell into zoo enclosure sparking killing of Harambe the gorilla as it emerges father has a lengthy criminal history – including kidnap and drug trafficking | Daily Mail Online
On Monday, the zoo director insisted the horizontal barriers were secure and said: ‘We take safety very seriously and we are keenly interested in improvement.
If a four year old can easily climb into it, the thing is poorly designed. But then, all simians hate being stared at by strangers who are gawking at them. This is immensely rude. All simians I have associated with in the past, first, one has to sit nearby and pretend to be very, very interesting in something ELSE, no staring, staring and pointing is hostile.
Then the simian gets interested too and wants to see what you are looking at and then you can use hand gestures or head movements to show mutual interest and from that, a relationship can develop rather rapidly. I have illustrated this many times in the past including in explaining how this works to zoo staff.
‘Any of us could climb over barriers if we choose. As I said, you can lock your car or lock your house, but if someone wants to get in, they can.’…While safety measures are being evaluated, Maynard said the gorilla exhibit is expected to reopen next weekend without citing specific security improvements.
This was a small child, not a home breaker using tools! Note how nothing will change, too.
Jerry Stones, who worked at the Gladys Porter Zoo, in Bronwsville, Texas, where Harambe lived before he was transferred in 2014, said he was devastated by the news.
Stones, who raised the gorilla, told the NY Daily News: ‘It tore me a new one. An old man can cry, too. He was a special guy in my life. It’s a sad day for us.’
He added: ‘He grew up to be a pretty, beautiful male. He was very intelligent. His mind was going constantly. He was just such a sharp character.’
This was a captive gorilla raised by humans! There was zero danger. The staff was not trained in how to handle this sort of intelligent being and how to interact with him. The humans should have been removed immediately from the perimeter of the display before humans enter to encourage the tame gorilla to cooperate with them.
This should have been very easy to do if the zoo wasn’t this noxious entity that exploits slaves. Here is a recent event at another zoo where male gorillas were caged together deliberately so humans could watch, Rome-colliseum style, the males fighting each other:
Gorilla breaks glass at Nebraska Zoo – YouTube
How stupid! Using glass, not plexiglass, stupid. But was socially stupid, too, deliberately stupid so humans could be entertained. Only once, and this due to my working with a pre-school, for I hate zoos, did I go to the Bronx Zoo.
I really didn’t like it but then, we were on this hill and opposite a distance away, was the habitat for howler monkeys. So I stood on the hillock and entertained the children by starting a hooting territorial war with the howlers.
They, the howlers, loved it. They would listen intently to my calls and then howl in unison back and then listen again and howl again. They ran up and down the trees trying to see me and then would all sit down, take a deep breath and then howl in unison. We had great fun doing this. The people watching the display were amazed and children were so happy, too.
It reminded me of my evening howling duels with the coyotes. And I felt guilty, doing this with captive monkeys.
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