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Police Investigating Harambe The Gorilla's Death

| by Sheena Vasani
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Police announced they are looking into the death of Harambe, the gorilla who was shot after attacking a boy at Cincinnati Zoo on May 28.

"We're just doing our due diligence to make sure we know what happened," Lt. Steve Saunders of the Cincinnati police said, reports Cincinnati.com.  "It's too early to say whether it was recklessness on the part of the parent.”

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters explained after they finish their investigation, "looking at the facts and circumstances," officials will look into pressing charges.

"After the review, we will determine if charges need to be brought forward," police spokeswoman Tiffaney Hardy said, reports CNN. "If it is determined charges need to be brought forward, we would then discuss it with the Hamilton County prosecutor's office."

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Some feel the parents should be held criminally responsible.

"This beautiful gorilla lost his life because the boy's parents did not keep a closer watch on the child," a petition on Change.org states. “It is believed that the situation was caused by parental negligence and the zoo is not responsible for the child's injuries and possible trauma. We the undersigned want the parents to be held accountable for the lack of supervision and negligence that caused Harambe to lose his life.”

The petition continues by urging child protective services to look into the situation further to protect the child.

The boy's mother, Michelle Gregg, responded stating the incident was an accident.

"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,” she said, The Age reports.

The child is currently recovering from a concussion, but is expected to recover fully.

“God protected my child until the authorities were able to get to him. My son is safe and was able to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes ... no broken bones or internal injuries,” said Gregg.

Sources: Cincinnati.com, The Age, Justice For Harambe/Change.org / Photo credit: Justice 4 Harambe/Facebook 

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