Mother ‘could face charges’ in gorilla shooting as she says: ‘Accidents happen’

Pressure mounted for a mother to face criminal charges after her four-year-old son climbed into a gorilla’s enclosure, causing the animal to be shot dead by zookeepers.

The youngster, thought to be called Isaiah, was rescued unharmed after sharpshooters gunned down Harambe, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla, at Cincinnati Zoo.

Video emerged that appeared to show the gorilla holding the boy’s hand after he fell in to the enclosure.

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Photo via The Telegraph / Harambe and the boy

The animal then appeared to put the child in a corner and stand guard in front of him.

More than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for the mother to be “investigated for negligence” and “held accountable for her actions”.

Michelle Gregg, a woman claiming to be the boy’s mother, defended herself on social media.

She said: “As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child. If anyone knows me, I keep a tight watch on my kids.

“Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today.

“What started off as a wonderful day turned into a scary one. God protected my child.”

She said her son had suffered “a concussion and a few scrapes”.

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