Animal rights activists plan a Memorial Day vigil for the gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 4-year-old boy slipped into an exhibit and a special zoo response team concluded his life was in danger.
Anthony Seta (SAY’-tuh) called the 17-year-old endangered lowland gorilla’s death “a senseless tragedy” and says the gathering is meant as a memorial to Harambe (huh-RAHM’-bay).
There has been a strong outpouring on social media of people upset the gorilla was killed Saturday. A Facebook page called “Justice for Harambe” created Saturday night has drawn wide attention.
Seta said the memorial is meant as a tribute, not to point fingers at the zoo or the boy’s parents. The boy hasn’t been identified and his family says he is doing fine at home.