Pictures Emerge Of Boy Who Fell In Gorilla Enclosure

| by Jordan Smith
Isiah Dickerson with familyIsiah Dickerson with family

Pictures have emerged of the 4-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure at a Cincinnati zoo May 28.

Isiah Dickerson managed to call through the barrier at the Gorilla World exhibit before falling 15 feet into the enclosure, media reports say.

Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, was subsequently shot and killed by an animal response team who feared for Dickerson’s safety.

“I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers today. What started off as a wonderful day turned into a scary one,” Isiah’s mother, Michelle Gregg, wrote on Facebook, according to the Daily Mail.

Isiah was taken to a hospital but was allowed to go home shortly afterwards.

“My son is safe and was able to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes ... no broken bones or internal injuries,” she wrote.

Many have criticized Gregg for allegedly failing to keep watch on her child. Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the parents to be prosecuted.

“As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids. Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today,” Gregg wrote.

Witnesses backed up Gregg.

“This mother was not negligent and the zoo did an awesome job handling the situation!” wrote one.

“This was an open exhibit! Which means the only thing separating you from the gorillas, is a 15 ish foot drop and a moat and some bushes!” she added.

Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) blamed the zoo, citing the exhibit’s openness.

“If this enclosure had been constructed adequately a four-year-old child could not have penetrated it,” Michael Budkie of SAEN said.

“This wasn't someone who came in with grappling hooks and ropes. You tell me. If a four-year-old child can get through the barrier is that a safe barrier?” he added.

The group has filed a complaint against the Cincinnati Zoo with the federal government. The zoo was the target of a previous complaint in March, when two polar bears escaped their enclosure.

The local prosecutor confirmed May 31 that the police were reexamining the death of Harambe to see if criminal charges would be brought.

“Once their investigation is concluded, they will confer with our office on possible criminal charges,” a statement from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters read, according to Reuters.

Sources: Daily Mail, Reuters / Photo credit: Daily Mail

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