No one knows what Harembe would have done - Argus Friday 3rd June 2016

Posted Wednesday 8th June 2016   By Ericka Waller

So, without any real understand of Gorillas, zoo-keeping, or perhaps even parenting, we all watched the two-minute and ten-second video of a boy falling into a Gorilla enclosure, resulting in the Gorilla being shot, on Facebook and instantly knew what the right thing to have done was. We have become a generation of virtual experts on virtually everything, based on biased social media footage. I've read arguments from an ex-gorilla handler who is adamant that 400lb Harembe was out to kill Isiah due to his frustration at being kept in captivity. Beneath this, I've read comments from people who don't have a dog in their profile picture, let alone a gorilla, claim it was 'blatantly obvious the gorilla was rescuing the boy.

Image from the Mirror

I've read comments about how the parents should have been shot, or fed to the gorilla to distract him from eating the boy.

Tweets included  "Sad thing is it looked like #Harambe was protecting the kid more than the parent was. #CincinnatiZoo" and "So lazy parents can't control their wild kids and a beautiful endangered animal gets shot and killed because of it? #Harambe #RIPHarambe"

Jane Goodall, one of the World's leading Primatologists, wrote to Harambe's zoo to tell them in her opinion, having watched the video, the Gorilla was trying to protect the boy.

She claimed 'it looked as though Harambe was putting his arm around the child, and at one point was holding his hand'.

1970s Primatologist Dian Fossey transformed gorillas' aggressive reputation with her pioneering studies of wild mountain gorillas.

These are a different species to Harambe, but the differences are subtle. Fossey found the breed to be very peaceful animals. David Attenborough was famously photographed playing with some of Fossey's gorillas for the 1979 television series Life on Earth.

Afterall, this has happened before. In 1996, a three-year old boy fell into the Gorilla enclosure in an Illinois zoo.

An eight-year-old female Gorilla called Bintijua, cradled the boy in her arms, and carried him over to a service door, where a zoo-keeper could reach him.

She had her own 17-month old baby on her back throughout the encounter.

Apart from the cuts and bruises the boy received when he landed in the habitation, he was unharmed.

Based on this, should the zoo-keepers have waited longer to see what 17-year old Harambe would do, before shooting him?

Does it even matter now it has happened? I guess the next debate will be about Harembe's sperm, which will be used to continue his blood-line.

When a british mother tried to give birth to her grandchild using her dead daughter's eggs, she was refused on the grounds that she did not give clear written consent. Much like Harembe then, who never asked for any of this.

But the world has fallen in love with him regardless. The video has been shared almost as much as the one about a woman buying a Chewbacca Mask and laughing alot on her car.

Perhaps one video followed another, such is the way when scrolling down on social media. 

'Jean' Anyone know where I get can a decent hoover?'
'BBC news' 'Should we stay in the EU or Brexit'?
'Dean' has checked into a&e' 
'Nancy' If you have something to say, come say it to my face'
'The Mail' Gorilla shot after dead after boy falls into enclosure'

This is our life. A constant stream of news and views being pumped into our brains 24/7.

Perhaps we'd fare better by staying off-line, and becoming experts in our on worlds instead, leaving the experts to make decisions.

I was without my phone for three days last week. I didn't have a clue what was going on, and no one could contact me. It was brilliant.

And finally

How disappointing that a picture showing two bare male bums was taken down from Brighton railway station after one passenger complained it was a bit too cheeky.

Photographer Danny Fitzpatrick included the shot as part of a Brighton Fringe exhibition showing 23 portraits of locals who contribute towards the city's unique image. One of the bike ride organisers, a Hove resident said: "I was so proud to be one of the faces of Brighton and our ride has become an institution of the scene.

It makes Brighton what it is. Our public spaces already show pictures of scantily-clad women with 'perfect bodies'. It's time we complained about that, rather than a family event"

I can't help but agree, if the photo depicted two girls bums, toned and taut, would there have been any complaints?

Personally, I love the photo. In the words of Meghan Trainor 'Bring booty back'. Whose up for going to station and recreating the photo with me? They'll be begging for the original bums back in no time.

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