Harambe was shot and killed Saturday after a boy fell into the gorilla enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo.
A prosecutor's office says police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a 4-year-old boy entering a gorilla's exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo and the animal being shot to death to protect the child. He added that a review is underway to determine any improvements that can be made.
On Sunday, a handful of mourners gathered for a memorial to the 17-year-old gorilla, Harambe. He hasn't been identified publicly. The USDA and Cincinnati Zoo didn't immediately respond Tuesday morning to requests for comment.
Many animal behaviorists have stood behind the zoo's decision. "Otherwise, Harambe wouldn't be dead".
A federal inspector warned the Cincinnati Zoo that the public could have been "at great risk" if two polar bears that escaped a behind-the-scenes holding area in March had gained outside access.
Mackay says he is annoyed when he sees parents arrive at zoos and let their children run free, sometimes to the detriment of the animals. The director of the zoo said the decision to kill the gorilla was the right one.
It has also been revealed that the pair of female gorillas who shared an enclosure with Harambe have been searching for him since his body was taken away.
In an interview with Boston television station WFXT, conservationist and television host Jeff Corwin suggested that the boy's family should shoulder some of the blame, saying "zoos aren't your babysitter". "I think it's very simple to figure that out". "I think this took time for this kid, this little boy, to find himself in that situation". "Ultimately it's the gorilla that's paid this price".
"This lovely gorilla lost his life because the boy's parents did not keep a closer watch on the child", the petition declares.
Officials at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden said looking back, they "would make the same decision" over again to shoot the 450-pound gorilla after a boy climbed over the stainless steel barrier and fell into the enclosure, said Thane Maynard, the zoo's director.
The Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, where Harambe spent most of his life, said its staff is deeply saddened by the gorilla's death.
Was the zoo right to shoot the gorilla?
The alternative to killing Harambe would have been shooting him with a sedative. He said the gorilla was agitated and disoriented by the commotion after the boy fell. The child was originally thought to have climbed through the 38-year-old barrier, but upon further inspection, it was determined that he climbed over it, Maynard said.