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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Astonishing new footage shows gorilla 'PROTECTING' boy and holding his hand before being shot dead

Astonishing new footage how Harambe the gorilla was protecting a four-year-old boy who fell into his cage - minutes before he was shot dead.
Moments later, the gorilla was fatally shot in a bid to protect the boy, Isaiah, who had fallen 12 feet into the enclosure.
Harambe, a 17-year-old silverback gorilla, was shot dead by Cincinnati zookeepers who feared for the child's safety.
However, eyewitnesses to the incident on Saturday have claimed the gorilla was showing no aggressive behaviour towards the boy.
It is claimed that screams from those watching the unfolding situation panicked Harambe, causing him to drag Isaiah at a quick speed across the water. In one moment, the gorilla even appears to wrap his arms around the boy.
ViralHogHarambe, a male silverback gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo
The boy appeared to be calm, staring into the gorilla's eyes
At one point Isaiah and Harambe even appear to briefly hold hands.
Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla enclosure graphic
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Where the gorilla was shot at Cincinnati Zoo
Speaking to Mirror Online, ape expert Dr Emily Bethell, a senior lecturer in Primate Behaviour at Liverpool John Moores University, revealed that the gorilla’s body language showed he was NOT threatening the childDr Bethell said: “He was clearly being protective towards the boy.
“There were no signs of the gorilla being aggressive in the sense that he wanted to hurt the boy or anything like that.
ViralHogHarambe, a male silverback gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo
Harambe, a male silverback gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo
“The biggest threat to the boy I would say is obviously when the gorilla moved and dragged him, that could have caused some harm, but the gorilla’s body language is definitely protective.”
In the latest video from the dramatic scene in Cincinnati, Ohio, the boy is seen sitting calmly next to the massive animal.
In one moment, the gorilla even appears to wrap his arms around the boy.
At one point the boy and gorilla even appear to briefly hold hands.
ViralHogHarambe, a male silverback gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo
The gorilla appeared to be protecting the boy moments before the animal was shot dead by zoo workers
LJMU.ac.ukDr Emily Bethell
Emily continued: “I would speculate that the boy is a new stimulus, he’s something novel.
“The gorillas would never have seen a child at such close quarters.
“The child obviously wasn’t posing any threat to the gorillas so there’s no need to attack him and I think it’s fortunate for the boy that one gorilla came over and effectively shielded him and kept the other gorillas away.
“I think it looks mostly like a case of extreme interest by the gorillas.”
The boy's mother Michelle has faced criticism for social media users and animal rights campaigners, who claim she should have been keeping a closer eye on her child.
Some animal lovers even suggested she and the boy's father Deonne Dickerson should have been shot and killed instead of the gorilla Harambe.
FacebookThe young boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure
Little Isaiah Dickerson fell into the gorilla enclosure
FacebookDeonne Dickerson and Michelle Gregg - the parents of the four-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo
Picture shows Deonne Dickerson and Michelle Gregg smiling for the camera
Responding to the criticism on Facebook, she said: "I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers today.
"What started off as a wonderful day turned into a scary one.
"For those of you that have seen the news or been on social media that was my son that fell in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo.
"God protected my child until the authorities were able to get to him."
Brittany Nicely was at the zoo with her children when she witnessed the incident.
Writing on Facebook after the incident, she said: "R.I.P Harambe so so sad.
"Witnessing this situation and hearing them shoot him has been one of the most horrific things I have ever been a part of