Skip to content

Black parents’ background blamed in gorilla death

 Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson,( Photo Credit: Facebook Michelle Gregg)

Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson,( Photo Credit: Facebook Michelle Gregg)

Over the past few days, many across America have been drawn to the tragic occurrence at the Cincinnati Zoo. It was there that a 4-year-old child made his way across a protective barrier and fell 15 feet into the enclosure of a 17 year-old Silverback gorilla named Harambe. As the parents and crowd looked on in horror, the gorilla pulled the child through a water filled moat and seemed to be curious and playful. However, zookeepers felt the child was in eminent danger and shot Harambe, killing one of the most endangered species on Earth.

Animal rights activists were outraged that the gorilla was killed and are blaming the parents for not supervising their child as well as the criminal back ground of the father. Media outlet Daily Mail has published a lengthy article that details the criminal background of Deonne Dickerson, 36, the boy’s father. According to the article, Dickerson has been charged over a ten year period with burglary, firearms offences, drug trafficking, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and kidnapping. He also served a year in prison in 2006 for drug trafficking charges. But none of this had anything to do with the incident that occurred at the zoo that day. It was simply a family attempting to enjoy a wholesome outing when something went terribly wrong. Some are even questioning the parenting skills of the mother Michelle Gregg, 32, who has four children, all by Dickerson.

The death of Harambe is now a social media movement that includes the Facebook page Justice for Harambe, which now has over 100K followers after two days. In addition, the page has spawned a petition also titled Justice for Harambe with a shocking goal. The petition wants the parents possibly charged and states in part:

“We the undersigned feel the child’s safety is paramount in this situation. We believe that this negligence may be reflective of the child’s home situation. We the undersigned actively encourage an investigation of the child’s home environment in the interests of protecting the child and his siblings from further incidents of parental negligence that may result in serious bodily harm or even death. Please sign this petition to encourage the Cincinnati Zoo, Hamilton County Child Protection Services, and Cincinnati Police Department hold the parents responsible.”

The family of Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson, two hardworking parents with stable jobs are under attack. The online petition has 350K signatures in just two days, all calling for the punishment for an innocent Black family of six.


  1. Lucy Fer on May 31, 2016 at 10:39 am

    So where was the baby daddy when this all went down? We have raked Michelle Gregg through the coals, but this man should take 100% responsibility too.

    • Jason on May 31, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Who cares? An unfortunate mistake was made, and the deed is done. Maybe there should be a fine, but that is about it.

      • Lucy Fer on May 31, 2016 at 6:53 pm

        Who cares? Maybe with some parenting on both ends, the kid would have known better.

        • Jason on June 1, 2016 at 9:48 am

          A mistake was made. This isn’t a parenting issue. This is an issue where a woman was distracted, and an excited BABY was able to get away from her. Be happy the kid is ok.

          • Lucy Fer on June 1, 2016 at 9:53 am

            No, the kid told her he was going in. There are witnesses stating this. She chose not to remove the kid from the environment and keep him from becoming a danger to himself. A 4-year-old is not an excited baby. A 4-year-old has the ability to process information and decide whether or not he should listen to the adult that is telling him no. That’s only if this was taught to him. At 3 I knew that zoos were not playgrounds, and so did my children. Zoos are full of wild and dangerous animals. The parents should have been taught their children this before even entering the park in the first place.

          • Nakela Prude on June 5, 2016 at 2:07 pm

            Do you have children? Everyone knows that children are rambunctious especially at that age when they see animals. They are at a zoo! Kids get excited at amusement parks, zoo, etc. Should she have kept a closer eye on her child absolutely! But to put blame on “parenting skills” is bullcrap! An unfortunate accident and very sad the gorilla died. So are you saying let the child die? I’m asking a very logical question.. You act as if parents don’t make mistakes! As if parents are 100% full proof, haven’t you made mistakes? Regardless if it’s in regards to a kid or not haven’t you made mistakes that you’ve regretted? So don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house yourself. People can be so ignorant!

          • Patrish Dehler on June 6, 2016 at 4:46 pm

            Well if you can’t handle 4 kids then maybe SHOULDN’T HAD 4!! . I see this all the time – kids running around in stores with no supervision. Obviously, the child had to be saved, but this zoo has had no safety incidents in 30 years… so yeah, I do questions the parenting skills.

          • butchm on June 1, 2016 at 10:01 pm

            Everybody wishes the gorilla was OK instead

        • Suzanne Thomas on June 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

          The zoo should have made sure that the enclosure was child proof just as homeowners/dog owners have to make sure that their animals are secured onto the properties. I would think that the zoo would have a greater responsibility than everyone else.

          • Lucy Fer on June 2, 2016 at 2:41 pm

            The zoo does have a greater responsibility, but it is the neglectful mother who didn’t control her idiot kid. It is an open gorilla exhibit. The zoo could put in thousands of child safety precautions, but an idiot will always get in. You can’t foresee everything.

          • neequa on June 5, 2016 at 12:18 am

            you must not have any kids. I have three myself, and yes a parent can get distracted by other going on’s around them. all it take is seconds for something to happen. and a 4 year old is not an idiot, but a 4 year old. some 4 year old children still eat off the floor if no one is watching or even piss/crap on their selves just because they are having to much fun to go to the rest room. he was 4, not 14.

          • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

            NEEQUA? Look, Shaneequa, looks like you are just as lazy and terrible a parent as the fat ‘Ghetto Gorilla’ Michelle Gregg.

    • SD888 on May 31, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      He was probably off drug dealing, as his years and years of criminality indicate.

      • Lucy Fer on May 31, 2016 at 6:51 pm

        He has supposedly turned his life around, but I feel both parents should take full responsibility, but neither have. But the good news is, they have a public relations firm speaking on their behalf, probably because it’s on the advice of an attorney.

      • Nakela Prude on June 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm

        Seriously! ?

        • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm

          A tiger doesn’t change his stripes.

    • Mark Tyler on May 31, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      He had some business to attend to……

    • Nakela Prude on June 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      WTF difference does it make where he was at? Actually he was at work!! So he should be held responsible since he was at work? Come on now.

      • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 11:06 am

        Hard at work ‘SLANGIN’ as you ghetto monsters like to say!

    • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 11:04 am

      He was at his low-paying ‘job’ that would hire a convicted FELON like this creep. Probably sponsored by taxpayer dollars, no doubt.

    • Nakela Prude on June 5, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Again why should he take responsibility? If he was working BTW they are married and she took her kids on an outing to the zoo. I for sure as hell didn’t know that it was imperative that the father had to go whenever the mother does things with her children.

      • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 4:19 pm

        No, they aren’t married. The children have her last name, not his.

  2. Jason on May 31, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I agree with what Trump says about the media. The media is full of disgusting low-lifes. Do you think the press would have done the same if this was a blonde haired, barbie doll-like mother? NO – they would cast her as the distraught poor mother who had to stand there helpless as this big black gorilla terrorized her child.

    • SD888 on May 31, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Absolute BULLSHIT. A similar incident happened in another zoo, where a stupid lazy white woman held up her child over the edge of an animal’s pen and the child was TORN APART by African Painted Dogs. The woman was tarred and feathered for her stupidity and was soundly painted a HORRIBLE mother.

      • Jason on June 1, 2016 at 9:45 am

        It was stupid to hold a kid over a dog pen, but I am sure she didn’t intend on getting her child eaten. What sentence would you give her?

        • SD888 on June 1, 2016 at 12:30 pm

          They should have thrown her in there and let her be torn apart by the dogs. Stupid bitch!

      • sc29401 on June 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

        No, she wasn’t tarred and feathered, and had no charges filed against her. She also got a settlement from the zoo as they were found liable, not she.

        • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

          You apparently are retarded. Try to get in your time machine, because I remember when this happened and people were baying for her blood. Some accused her of DELIBERATELY ‘dropping’ the kid in there so the child would be killed. I’m sure any settlement she got was tiny considering the whole thing was HER FAULT.

      • butchm on June 1, 2016 at 10:04 pm

        The diff is the kid is dead instead of a rare exotic animal.

    • JRCR on June 1, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Definitely bullshit. Quit the freaking race baiting.

  3. Vikt on May 31, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    This mother’s stable job is as an administrator at a pre-school!!! Please pray for the safety of the kids that are in that pre-school so they don’t suffer from her negligence too.

    • SD888 on May 31, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      She should be removed…she is fat, lazy, and stupid. She has no place around ANYONE’S children…her own and worst of all, other people’s!

      • Nakela Prude on June 4, 2016 at 10:13 pm

        Shut the f up dummy! Why don’t you put your picture up and show everyone how you look? I swear some of you people are such damn hypocrites!

        • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 10:57 am

          You look like one of Harambe’s not so distant cousins. This fat piece of ghetto trash Michelle literally looks bigger than Harambe. The little demon child might have confused it for his ‘mudda.’

          • Nakela Prude on June 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm

            You are sooo funny! Again put up your picture so people can see how you look… is that all you got? Do you get off on insulting people w/your pea-brain comments? Does it satisfy your thirst to continously insult people you know nothing about? Or are you just putting on a front because deep down you really do care? Because some where in that unforesaken disgusting body of yours you actually have a heart. I’ll pray for you, because you really are in a sad place in life right now.

  4. Ruth on May 31, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    This is totally bogus, racist CRAP! Why put their pictures up and go on a smear campaign digging up dirt on the Father like that? They even admitted that he obviously turned his life around, so why put his past dirt on blast like that? There’s a reason why they do stuff like this, that’s why movies about how Society treated us in the past is needed. Because those that refuse to learn from the past are doomed to keep repeating it

    • SD888 on May 31, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      I doubt he ‘turned his life around’ as a leopard doesn’t change it’s spots. They are both known drug users and he is a dealer and done time in PRISON for it…she was probably high when she was farting around on her phone, the fat lazy sow, while the stupid hellion brat climbed over a fence, through several barriers, and fell into the moat.

    • butchm on June 1, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Because they are personally for the death of one of the worlds rarest animals. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

      • Lucy Fer on June 1, 2016 at 10:09 pm

        But… But… But… We should cattle the fucktards.

        • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

          ? Cattle? I hope you meant ‘castrate,’ and YES, these ghetto hood rat males who impregnate endless Sharkeishas SHOULD be castrated after the first baby they abandon.

      • Nakela Prude on June 5, 2016 at 12:37 pm

        So you’re saying that the man obviously wasn’t there, he was at work providing for his family is to blame? How does that make any sense?

        That’s like you getting accused of running a red light causing a fatality but your wife was driving the car, but your response is I wasn’t even in the damn car.

        • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm

          Sorry, drug dealing isn’t really a good way of ‘providing for your family.’

          • Nakela Prude on June 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm

            I’m going to pray for you. I really am, how do you know he’s selling drugs? Why don’t you divulge your past?

            But seriously something is wrong with you. Lord help him!

  5. Ruth on May 31, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    They care more about a gorilla than the life of that African-American children! (Then they wonder why theres a Nlack lives matterovement) Had he been a blonde haired, blue eyed child, they would have been sooooo relieved that the authorities did what they had to do to save his/her life. They think they can fratranize with wild animals all the time-That’s why they keep getting killed by them.
    The professional zoo keepers knew better, that’s why THEY didn’t go in after the child, but killed the ANIMAL. If tranquilizers or lurking it away from the child were practical, they would have done it! They have a lot of time, emotion, and $$$ invested in that animal, so if they could have spared it’s life they Would have!

    • SD888 on May 31, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      You are so full of shit, you racist BLACK SUPREMACIST! Nobody wanted the child harmed, you stupid loser…but the kid IS an undisciplined, out of control brat. The fat lazy ghetto hood rat ‘mother’ was witnessed playing on her cell phone even AFTER the child repeatedly said he was ‘going swimming’ in the gorilla’s water area. She needs to have her kids removed, she is a bad and lazy mother.

  6. ValJ1975 on May 31, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    The zoo had to protect a human life and they did. As a parent sometimes kids get away from you and when they do you pray that they’re okay until you find them. Thank God that he was okay. The gorilla didn’t seem like a threat but he was. He’s unpredictable and they couldnt risk a human life to preserve the life of a wild animal. That’s inhuman. I wonder if any of the people that who are coming for this child’s mother feel like this is fair? There are not perfect parents. This is not the first time where a child has wondered into an animal in closure and a animal had to put down or a child has been killed and in the aftermath the public came for the parents head on a platter. All of the extreme backlash has racial undertones. It’s over the top. Had the child been killed would it be this much backlash against the mother? Regardless of what you think about the mother the zoo officials made the right choice to save that child.

    • SD888 on May 31, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      This is the first time in THIRTY EIGHT YEARS that a child got into an enclosure in that zoo. Last year, they had over ONE MILLION visitors…no incidents. This goes to show that it was the LAZY and NEGLECTFUL ‘mother’s’ fault entirely.

      • swmpl on May 31, 2016 at 9:15 pm

        Not true. Happened in arkansaw. A white child fell into leopard pit in arkansaw and fractured his head.This type of thing happens more often then you think. The parents and childs identity have been withheld. And you dont have the same public

        • Clydette Johnson on May 31, 2016 at 11:00 pm

          It’s Arkansas and the previous comment said the 1st time in 38yrs this has happened in THAT ZOO….

          • swmpl on May 31, 2016 at 11:24 pm

            It’s still not a true statement. THAT zoo has had several incidents in the last 38 years concerning their animals not being properly secured to insure public safety.

          • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

            Name them..ass wipe. The polar bears got out of one enclosure because some RETARD Welfare-to-Work hire like Michelle ‘The FAT GORILLA’ Gregg was too stupid to close the gate behind them, but they were still inside the secondary locked gate. No danger to patrons. Another time some LOSER DROPPED their kid over the cheetah enclosure. The kid got a broken leg from the fall but the cheetahs did not attack and they were not SHOT DEAD because of the lazy mother.

          • swmpl on June 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm

            So you admit that zoo has been negligent many times prior. In addition to the times you named a tiger escaped, and another time animals escaped during a flood. The zoo hasn’t taken necessary precautions to insure the safety of the general public.

          • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm

            Fucking RETARD. A tiger NEVER escaped at the Cincinatti Zoo. Animals escaped during a flood…in THE COUNTRY OF GEORGIA, which is located in Eastern Europe, you fucking moron. Please don’t dirty the gene pool, you are too stupid to exist.

          • swmpl on June 5, 2016 at 2:42 pm

            That’s not true. You are not competent enough to find whatever it is you are looking for. That’s not my problem. I’m not interested in anything you have to say. I’ve stated my opinion. You lack the mental capacity to have an intelligent discussion, or research facts. You are an underdeveloped angry child. I’m not interested in conversing with you any further.

          • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 4:22 pm

            Because you got proven WRONG. If you are telling the truth and not too stupid to read beyond a headline, how about you LINK to the news articles about all this happening at the Cincinnati Zoo? Oh yes, I know why…because you are a RETARD!

          • Nakela Prude on June 5, 2016 at 12:40 pm

            Actually just recently in the news a mother in the SAME ZOO (Cincinnati) got probation when he dangled her kid in the Leopard exhibit. And she was white, so what’s the response for that. It doesn’t matter what and where it happened, it happened!

          • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 1:39 pm

            Fucking moron. CLEVELAND is NOT Cincinnati. You need to go look at a map. Then kill yourself after looking in the mirror and seeing an ugly ape-beast looking back.

          • Nakela Prude on June 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

            Oops my bad, typo.. see I can admit mistakes. And you want me don’t you? You see a beautiful black woman and deep down inside you want one right? You see nothing ugly about me honey, absolutely nothing. But keep your comments coming because I find them very amusing and funny.
            If you want my number, you can inbox me and maybe we can arrange something since you keep coming for me. Lol

          • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm

            I know that black women are desperate to mate with anything. But sorry, I don’t date outside my species.

          • Nakela Prude on June 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm

            Whatever you say..Troll!! Again you’ve yet to show your face since you claim to be all of that and more. I’m still waiting..

          • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm

            lol. I guess you want to see what a superior being looks like.

          • Nakela Prude on June 5, 2016 at 2:58 pm

            Well if that’s what you think then so be it. Then you superior being you, why don’t you post how superior you are. Rather than hiding behind a computer screen.

  7. Louis K. Jones on May 31, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    How about charging the zoo, how in the hell does a 4 year old get into a Silverbacks mott anyway?

    • SD888 on May 31, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      The child was an undisciplined out of control demon brat. She was playing on her cell phone while he climbed over a fence, over two barriers, and OTHER PEOPLE noticed the child in the forbidden area LONG before the fat lazy hood rat mama even looked up from her phone…

  8. sc29401 on May 31, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Where is the outrage for the parents/gun owners who, as of May 1, let twenty-six toddlers shoot themselves or another? In 2015 there wee 200+ shootings by toddlers. Rarely are these irresponsible people arrested for child endangerment let alone murder; they call them “accidents”. This is an accident, too, and the zoo is sweating their negligence right now…lawsuit coming.

    • SD888 on May 31, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Your argument makes zero sense. People ARE outraged when children shoot themselves with their parent’s guns. In fact, didn’t a little black toddler similar to this hellion shoot his mother dead with her own gun lately? It’s LAZY PARENTING that people are upset by! This NEVER would have happened if the fat, lazy ghetto hood rat ‘mother’ had been minding her child instead of playing on her cell phone.

  9. SD888 on May 31, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Get real. On HIS OWN FACEBOOK he says they have six children between them…no way are all her kids by him…they are both ghetto hood rats and the fat lazy despicable mother is the reason why a beautiful, majestic, intelligent and sensitive endangered animal was shot to death.

    • swmpl on May 31, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      He could have two kids from a previous relationship.

  10. purvurtobama on May 31, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    the background tells all

  11. Joy on May 31, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Let there be peace on earth –

    • butchm on June 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      That’s like saying get rid of black people

  12. Allison Kintner on May 31, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    This was not just an accident or a mistake. This mother should be charged with felony animal cruelty and child abuse and neglect and go to prison. This beautiful animal did not deserve to die. There need to be consequences for her actions. Justice for Harambe!

  13. bee on June 1, 2016 at 1:34 am


  14. Infadel Macgee on June 1, 2016 at 3:47 am

    Alright lefties ,time to put the back peddle on your accusations now right ? You assumed it was a white woman didn’t you ? Now you’re a bigot racist if you say anything . See how that works ? 😉

  15. Eli Joyner on June 1, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Hey talk about this: Thank God the child is fine. There were some other adult related deaths that could have been prevented. Why not comment and talk about those.

  16. Dena on June 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    This whole thing is sad. The parents and the Zoo should have to share responsibility. The father’s past has nothing to do with this. This is a race thing! It’s sad because these white people are going to make sure this white justice system curify this mother and father. The child was able to get away and climb over the barrier, it only takes a second to look away. This same thing happened somewhere else the child fell and the gorilla dragged the child. The family was white so nothing happened to them. It only ended up on “Caught on Camera”.

  17. Suzanne Thomas on June 2, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    It is sad that this family life is subject to ridicule and condemnation. I have some idea of what it is like to be in that mother’s shoes. I was a homeless mother of 3 babies, ages, 2, 3, & 5 when I just entered a shelter and was given some paperwork to fill out. I sat my 3 babies down on a sofa directly across from me while I did the paperwork. Within three to five seconds, after I started writing, my 2 year old climbed onto the end table next to the sofa and fell off. Naturally, he screamed and cried and I attended to him immediately. No sooner than I got him into my arms, someone from the staff was signaling me for my attention.

    I presumed that he was acting as a good Samaritan and was going to say something such as “Can I help, do you need anything, is he OK, would you like something, etc. I was so wrong. He called me aside to threatened me. His words were: The next time that I see something like that, I’m going to call child protective services on you. I couldn’t believe that this man was really trying to add salt into the wound. Then again, I should have believed it because I have dealt with similar folks like him before so I told him to go right ahead. There were about 20 other witnesses around and I had to trust that they were not as vindictive as this man was and would be honest enough to admit that happened within a blink of the eye and not that I was neglecting my babies in any way.

    The Dickerson family have my prayers while trying to put this tragedy behind them.

  18. Metis on June 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I understand why he had to die, but my heart goes out to that gorilla, who was guilty of absolutely nothing.

  19. Icarus on June 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    why was everyone so frightened of the 450 lb Gorilla? The Mom weighed more than the animal who showed more care for her kid than she did.

    • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Exactly! Something tells me that 450 pound MOTHER beats her brat kids…yanks them far harder than gentle Harambe…they are constantly killing their own kids in the ghetto, especially when they have a history of CRIMINALITY like the worthless baby daddy and his fat lazy Welfare-to-Work pig of a girlfriend, who popped out at least 4 devil spawn and looks pregnant AGAIN!

  20. dorothyc on June 3, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I am not surprised with the comments made here and other websites, because I signed a petition to hold her accountable for her actions, UNTIL, I found out she is black. I do not want to see a black mother go to jail, because I now believe that she was briefly distracted. I am glad that her little boy is safe although I still wish there was some other way to subdue harambe without having to kill him, and it did appear that he was trying to protect the child and not harm him, BUT, as the zoo officials said, they know how a gorilla can harm a person even though that would not be their intention. I HOPE PEOPLE WILL LEAVE THE FAMILY ALONE. Please stop calling a child an idiot, because at that age they want what they want, period. And another thing, white people why can’t you admit that you do not like the thought of an animal being killed to save the life of a black person who is a child. I admit that I had no sympathy when I thought the mother was white and felt she should have been charged with neglect. But no way would I have wanted a child to be hurt even if it was white. So white people that is your problem you will not admit your hatred of African Americans?

    • SD888 on June 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

      LOLOLOL. You ADMIT that you wanted the mother to go to jail for being irresponsible UNTIL you found out she’s black? I think that says everything.

  21. Sugar in my tank on June 4, 2016 at 4:36 am

    This is absolutely disgusting…what a world to live in where racists would use any opportunity to spew their venom. So so sad but when you’re insecure and taught hate, you resort to attacking because intellect is retarded and ignorance takes over. The Racist media checked the father’s background when the man was WORKING when this happened..I recall at least four cases like this when WHITE CHILDREN either fell, jumped or crawled in with animals at the zoo and at no point WAS THE FAMILY’S BACKGROUND LEAKED or the mother’s parenting questioned. Where’s the humanity? Oh I forgot, look at the despicable circus going on before the 2016 ELECTION..What was I thinking???

  22. Uncle Ruckus✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ ˢᵘᵖᵖᵒʳᵗᵉʳ on June 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Criminals having children that are paid for by the government gibsmedat program. SMH

  23. Karen Williams on June 9, 2016 at 4:34 am

    everyone that says that these people should not be punished for this do not understand good parenting. Children at the are of 4 are more that capable to decide what they are going to do and this child has had no home training and honestly these parents should lose all of their children for started taking my children to the zoo when they were one and they have never tried to climb into any animal pen. They knew the danger from the time they would first walk. I you communicate with you child they will understand and they will listen. That 4 year old understood enough to tell his mother at regardless of her objections he was going to go in to that gorilla enclosure and she did nothing to stop him. He deserved to learn the hard way that you don’t go in with wild animals and that animal did nothing wrong and did not deserve the death penalty for his actions. Because these parent obviously do not need these children the state should step in and remove all of the children from the home. I is obvious that they do not care about their children because of this boys behavior