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Zookeeper Explains What Harambe The Gorilla Was Actually Doing With The Little Boy

By Karly Carpena
June 3, 2016


A 17-year-old silver back gorilla, Harambe, was recently shot dead at Cincinnati Zoo after a 4-year-old boy fell into his cage.

The story has caused a ton of controversy amongst animal lovers, zookeepers, and parents. Many people say that there was no reason to kill Harambe and that he was just trying to take care of the boy.

But a former zookeeper, Amanda O’Donoughue, has written a Facebook post describing – in her professional opinion – what actually happened on that tragic day.

1“Now Gorillas are considered ‘gentle giants’ at least when compared with their more aggressive cousins the chimpanzee, but a 400+ pound male in his prime is as strong as roughly 10 adult humans. What can you bench press?

OK, now multiply that number by ten. An adult male silverback gorilla has one job, to protect his group. He does this by bluffing or intimidating anything that he feels threatened by.”

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