Disclaimer: In light of recent events, I am not trying to point fingers or blame anyone, I am just making an outsiders opinion. I think the two separate events were tragic on many levels.
Growing up a Kentucky Girl, I am not too far from the Cincinnati Zoo. In fact I have been there many times over the years, but it has been a few years since I have been there last. You hear about people “falling” into exhibits but you never dream it could happen at “your zoo”. But it did! I was shocked when I first heard about the little boy falling in and then I was saddened to hear about the shooting/killing of the gorilla. I understand fully why the zoo did what it did and I do think the boy could very much been in danger. No one knows what that gorilla may or may not have done. The problem I have is the fact that the kid said before hand that he wanted to go swimming with the gorillas. And all the mom told him was no. I understand the mother has other kids, and while i do not have kids of my own, I know it takes at least two possibly three to watch the young nieces and nephew. But if the kid already expressed his wishes to enter the exhibit than she should have walked away to attend to the other kids so said kid would not have been tempted as soon as her back was turned.
I love Disney! You have probably all figured that out by now. I was really saddened by the alligator grabbing and killing the little boy. I lost sleep over this one. We have a two year old and I just can not imagine if that was our little J. History 101 on Disney World will tell you that everyone thought Walt Disney was crazy for buying so much swamp land in central Florida and they defiantly thought he was crazy for what he wanted to build on that swamp land. And where to alligators live most in swamp land. But Florida is filled with alligators, they even manage to get into people’s personal pools. Alligators scar the crap out of me, I am not going to lie. I do not care if the sign only said “No Swimming” to me that means DO NOT GET IN THE WATER!
Again do not get me wrong I think these were both tragic accidents and I hope as a society we can learn from them. Because I do feel like the society we live in today does not watch their kids close enough and we are teaching/showing them it is okay to break the rules. And yes even “bending” the rules is breaking the rules.