A 17 year old western lowland gorilla killed on Saturday has sparked an outrage as people now want a case against boy’s parents. The boy was in “imminent danger,” leaving the zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team with no option.

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Tranquilizers may not have taken effect in time to save the boy while the dart might have agitated the animal, worsening the situation.

“We are heartbroken about losing the gorilla, director of zoo, Harambe, said but a child’s life was in danger and a quick decision had to be made,” he said.

The words did little to assuage an angry chorus of critics who believed the gorilla’s death was unnecessary. Many blamed the boy’s mother for failing to look after her son. Neither the boy nor his family has been identified.

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