Written by R. Jibus
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So I’m sure most of you have read in the news lately 2 separate incidents involving the killing of zoo animals due to they might harm people who cross into their inhabitants. Social media is blowing up about them and its not even funny to read or hear. The center of all this madness is whether the animals deserved to be put down.
First incident involved a guy where most media reports indicated that the man who jumped into the lion’s inhabitant wanted to commit suicide. Since he jumped in and had people watching the lions had to be put down for safety reasons. Don’t get me wrong I do understand why the lions needed to be put down and it needed to happen since there were on lookers. But if you think about it the lions only did what they are supposed to do. It’s their natural instinct to react the way they did and with that, their lives paid the price.
Second incident had a 4-year-old little boy who fell into the ape inhabitant and people watched in horror. They watched how the little boy was dragged around like a rag doll by the gorilla. The main question is how did the boy fall into the restricted area? There needs to be new safety precautions for customers as well as for the workers in the zoo. But make no mistake this was a little boy and he could’ve really been hurt and putting the gorillas down was necessary. But we also have to ask the question, where were the parents and why weren’t they paying better attention to their son.
Zoos are meant for people to come see different animals of the wild from all parts of the world. It’s very educational for all and get to see first hand animal in the flesh and how they live. It might not be the same from where they were original from, but it’s the closet to see how they can adapt to their new surroundings. But it makes you think, do we really need to put animals in cages. Maybe, just maybe they don’t adapt in zoos as well as we think, and further more they were never meant to be caged in zoos in the first place. -RJ