All I have seen online since Saturday is posts about the little boy who fell in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo. I am so thankful that sweet boy is okay, but pretty ticked off with how the internet is treating everyone over it, especially the mother. I guess it’s because I have a toddler, I live that madness every single day.
Yesterday I sneezed and in the time it took me to clear the tears out of my eyes and wipe my snotty nose on my teeshirt (motherhood is glamorous) my kid had taken off across our entire yard. Was I being negligent? A bad mom? Well according to the internet full of perfect parents, yes I was.
I have heard people calling this negligence on the mothers part and/or blaming the zoo. I’m just gonna call it how it is….an accident. For 36 years the Cincinnati zoo has had this same Gorilla exhibit. For 36 years no child had made it’s way into it. I am willing to bet any amount of money that in those 36 years there have been some sneaky kids who got away from their parents. This was a fluke, a freak accident, that no one saw coming.
However thats not how the internet sees it. I’ve read some horrific comments. Comments saying that the child should of been sacrificed in order to protect the animal. I’ve read countless death threats to the mother. It never ceases to amaze me how the internet can give someone the guts to say just about anything. It really is heartbreaking to see how we treat each other. If this was true negligence, if that mom had been sitting over on bench snap chatting and smoking a marb light, I would get the outrage. She wasn’t though, from what I have read she was taking pictures of their trip to the zoo, probably so she would never forget the special day she had with her son. What I have read is not sympathy or heartfelt caring, it’s bullying and I think there is enough of that in the world that we shouldn’t really have to add to it.
I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my days as a mom, and if they are being truthful any mom will tell you the exact same thing. My kid is part ninja and fast, so I have developed a pretty good eagle eye but even sometimes I have to blink.
Before I get flooded with hate comments, I do feel bad that a near extinct Gorilla had to die. I do wish that they had had the option to tranquilize it and get the boy to safety. When it comes down to it at the end of the day you and I are not Animal trainers, we don’t know how they react to situations like the members of the zoo do.
The next time you are quick to judge a parent for their decisions just remember we are all able to make a mistake.