Popular mom blogger Constance Hall is defending the parents of the child who fell into a gorilla’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, May 28.
“People never cease to amaze me,” the Big Brother Australia alum wrote on Wednesday, June 1. “Before they have even caught their breath …. they narrow their eyes and search for the most important thing … Someone to blame.”
The Australia-based mother of four recounted a recent family trip to the Melbourne Zoo where her son Arlo, 4, was out of her sight five times. “When Arlo sees that I’m busy, he takes it as his opportunity to f – – k as far off as he possibly can before he gets caught and dragged back to the pack,” she explained. “Not once on that day did it ever occur to me that I might turn around and see him in a lion’s mouth or getting dragged through a Gorilla’s swamp, while I know that we are never completely safe from external circumstances, I like to think that a zoo is somewhere that I can tie up my 7 year old’s shoe lace without condemning my 4 year old to death.”
As previously reported, Harambe the gorilla was shot and killed after Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson’s 4-year-old slipped into the 400-pound ape’s habitat. The tragedy has led to an outcry from animal activists on social media such as Kaley Cuoco, Piers Morgan, Kat McPhee, Ricky Gervais and Alyssa Milano.
But Hall is just as concerned for Gregg and Dickerson. “Are you ok? Because I saw the video footage yesterday and I must say, I have barely recovered and that isn’t even my child,” she wrote.
She continued: “From one mum to another let me leave this by saying, I love Gorillas and understand the importance in keeping them protected and the whole thing is such a tragedy, but I would have pulled the trigger myself if it would get my son back into my arms. Love to you.”
The post, which Hall shared on Facebook with her more than 663,000 followers, has been liked 25,000 times.
“I felt as though I was wrong for agreeing with the course of action taken. As a mum of 4 also all I could see was one of my kids in that enclosure. If we all waited to watch the gorilla tear the boy apart… this would have been a much greater tragedy,” wrote one person, while another praised Hall’s “incredible words of wisdom.”
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