Family of Boy Who Fell Into Gorilla Enclosure Thanks Zoo, Declines Donations
The embattled family of the 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo has released a statement thanking the zoo and all those who have shown their support.
"Our child has had a checkup by his doctor and is still doing well. We continue to praise God for his grace and mercy, and to be thankful to the Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child,” they said in the statement released Wednesday morning.
The family has also declined any donations, asking instead that anyone willing to open their checkbooks give to the zoo in the name of Harambe, the 17-year-old gorilla shot dead by officials.
“We are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us. Some have offered money to the family, which we do not want and will not accept.
"If anyone wishes to make a gift, we recommend a donation to the Cincinnati Zoo in Harambe’s name.”
The boy's mom, Michelle Gregg, is an administrator at a daycare center. She remains under siege by animal advocates who say she should have done a better job watching her child.
An online petition Justice for Harambe, calling for Gregg to be prosecuted, now has more than 400,000 signatures.
Cincinnati Police have launched an investigation into the family of the 3-year-old boy who climbed into the gorilla pit at the zoo.
In a statement, cops said: "The review is only regarding the actions of the parents/family that led up to the incident and are not related to the operation or safety of the Cincinnati Zoo."
The encounter occurred Sunday afternoon after the boy fell through the barrier of the gorilla enclosure. Cell phone video of the incident sparked outcry after it was posted online.