Michelle Gregg, the mother of the boy who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo Saturday, deleted her Facebook page after facing a major backlash. Many blame her for the death of Harambe, the 17-year-old gorilla who was shot and killed by zoo staff.
She stirred even more ire when she spat back at her critics, saying, “As a society we are quick to judge.” Now, her Facebook page is no longer searchable.
Gregg never apologized for Harambe’s death. “My son is safe and was able to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes ... no broken bones or internal injuries,” she wrote in a now-deleted post. “Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today.”
While it was originally reported Gregg, 32, was being investigated by the Cincinnati Police Department, she will not face criminal charges, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday. Even though police wrapped up their investigation without charges against Gregg, they asked Hamilton County, Ohio, Prosecutor Joe Deters to take a look.
“I will read everything and decide what we’re doing,” Deters told the Enquirer. The prosecutor will make a possible determination Friday.
Some are confused why Harambe was shot dead. While it was likely the 450-pound ape could have harmed the young boy, some argue that Harambe was acting as a protector, not a predator. Still, Harambe disobeyed orders from zookeepers to leave his enclosure. He was killed instead of being shot with a tranquilizer dart because it takes at least 10 minutes for the sedative to work, and zookeepers were afraid the shot might have agitated the animal even more.
Gregg’s dramatic 911 call was released by authorities Wednesday. “He’s dragging my son,” the panicked mother told the operator. “I can’t watch this… I can’t watch.”
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