The mother of the boy whose fall at the Cincinnati Zoo led to the death of 17-year-old gorilla Harambe has broken her silence about the incident that left people across the globe outraged.
Michelle Gregg took to Facebook in an attempt to silence the critics that have blamed her negligence for Harambe’s untimely demise.
“As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids,” Gregg wrote. “Accidents happen, but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today. Thank you to everyone that helped me and my son today and most importantly God for being the awsome [sic] God that He is.”
Gregg has since deleted the post, and many social media users are convinced that she should be blamed. “I’m wondering if CPS is involved,” one woman wrote. “They definitely should be! I read he was released from the hospital, hopefully not back into her hands!”
A Facebook page called Justice for Harambe received nearly 100,000 likes in the 36 hours since its creation. A number of petitions – including one on Change.org called “Have CPS investigate Michelle Gregg” with nearly 35,000 signatures – have also begun to circulate.
It seems that the court of public opinion has decisively sided with Harambe.