(Closed) What's your opinion on the Cincinnati Zoo situation?

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Post # 136
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Buzzing bee

 

Cheekie0077:  Who is to say she didn’t try to jump in but people restrained her? Though, reading what I have so far I kinda doubt she did. But what if someone tried to stop you from going in there. While you might have tired you would probably be stopped.

Post # 137
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Buzzing Beekeeper

This will not be accepted very well- I can already hear the hate- but what did gorilla do wong? The animal lost its life because a parent didn’t do their job. In the end the animal suffers. I have a hard time defendiing the parents for not watching their kid or a zoo for not having enough safety. 

Post # 138
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Cheekie0077:  And I can say I would have always thought I would have sprung into action if someone broke in my home ..however, when our alarm went off in the middle of the night, as I was home alone, it didn’t stop me from freezing in fear for a long period (luckily it ended up just being a false alarm).

I put myself in front of a girl to protect her and got mauled by a dog. Even I’m not going to say “hell yeah! I’d take a gorilla on for sure!”. I also hope you have experience with broken bones and even worse trying to walk on them because adrenaline will only get you so far assuming you’re lucky enough to have it at first.

You can say all day “I would have” but until we see you faced against a 400lb animal…I think  large statements on jumping down in front of one (potentially breaking a leg in the fall alone) and facing it has no substance. By the same token, saying those statements when knowing full well it is the worst way to handle it for the animal, child, and intervening staff is sad. And saying you saved a person from drowning is a lot different than facing death by a large animal so….

Post # 139
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Bumble bee

Although at the same time, the same argument could go

for those saying “I couldn’t! I wouldn’t!” don’t really know what they would do either. It could go either way. You always hear of parents running into a burning house to get someone or like she said about the ocean… my mom doesn’t swim, never learned how, but when my sister was a baby, she fell into someone’s pool, and my mom dived in. It’s easy to say (on both sides) I would do this or I wouldn’t do that,but no one knows for sure. I’m terrified of fire, but probably wouldn’t hesitate to run after my child if they were trapped in the house and it was burning. But I just don’t know. 

Post # 140
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Cheekie0077:  Sorry but where did you hear that the mother was taking selfies!? I have yet to see one news report claiming this. Are we just making up stories now to add to her “bad mom wrap list”. As per someone who was a witness, actually there, she was gathering the children she was with to leave to go to another exhibit and in that timeframe is when the child disappeared into the gorilla habitat.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/05/29/boy-falls-enclosure-gorilla-killed-witness-nr.cnn/video/playlists/boy-falls-into-gorilla-habitat/

Post # 142
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

honestly, watching your child in public is super important! my friends are all the paraoid types so i couldn’t imagine this happening to any of their children.  granted, there are moments where the child just takes off and it’s chaotic. but the parents should have been more wary of their children and calming them down if they are begging to go into the cage…  overall, the situation was a sad one due to the death of the animal, but the child was perceived to be in danger, so a call was made on how to protect the child

Post # 143
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

 

VictorianChick:  I have no clue whether she tried or not. Somehow I have to agree with you that considering what the media led us to believe, she didn’t.

soymilk:  you’re right. When faced with a situation you have no idea how you will react. 

MeandMyLouboutins:  haha I have no idea whether it is true or not. About ten people in this thread said she was. Just reading comments…,

Post # 144
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Bumble bee

Cheekie0077:  I saw several reports about selfies. A few about taking selfies, a couple stated taking pictures (which could be a selfie, animals, children, anything). So many conflicting reports. And tbh, whether it was a phone, regular camera, herding children, all in all its a matter that her eyes were off him and he disappeared. And after all, setting the gorilla aside, he could have just as easily been abducted by someone at the zoo… 

Post # 145
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Newbee

Tragic situation on all sides. But I’m amazed by some of the comments here and elsewhere. Everyone is so quick to judge. We never think it can happen to US, until it does. Then what will we really have to say? What happens when it’s our child in the pit? (Save the “this would NEVER happen to me” comments.)

I’ve seen the child likened to the possibility of being a future rapist or murder. Like wtf? How does one even make the LEAP to this line of thinking? Absolutely disgusting. Even more, the sentiment that “it’s not my child, oh well” is equally disturbing.

Post # 146
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

futuremrsc2016:  Please post those links (from a reputable source as I’ve googled and found nada). It’s actually not whatever. People are beating up on the mother and making sh*t up. not cool.

We all know a mother losing track because of a selfie is =/= to someone hearding their children along and one falls out of line smh..

Post # 148
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Bumble bee

 

ayudame:  I never said he was likely to be a rapist or murderer. I said you never know. He could become one. He could also become someone who finds a cure to thousands of diseases. YOU NEVER KNOW. Besides, I was using sarcasm, but obviously that was lost on a majority of readers. Just as no one knows what they would in this situation unless they’ve been there before. And honestly, it does become a “my child first” situation. You’re with your kid and a strangers kid. You can only save one. Who do you save? And I’m speaking from someone who has other people’s children’s safety in their hand daily. Sadly, as teachers, we’re expected to give our life to save the children. And of course, children are a priority. But tell me honestly, if you had to jump in front of a killer and die to save someone else’s child, or leave your own child as an orphan, what would you HONESTLY do? You often hear “if you could save your spouse or your child what would you do?” Well here is one…. if you have two children and could only save one, who do you choose? 

Post # 149
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Newbee

futuremrsc2016:  You’re making such large leaps and none of them apply to this situation. None. 

The real question is, what would be your opinion if YOUR child were the one in the pit? You wouldn’t be speculating. You wouldn’t be pointing fingers. You’d want your child out safely by any means necessary. Period.

This is about gorilla vs. child. Not child vs. child. Not man vs. child. Gorilla vs. child. I love animals, but I’d want my child to make it out safely. Hell, if it were YOUR child that fell into the pit, I’d also want that child to make it out safely. Even at the cost of the gorilla, as tragic as that might be.

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