I am one of 'those' mothers. I'm one of those parents who absolutely does not have their eye on the ball 100% of the time.
Hell, I'm lackadaisical when we are out sometimes. SOMETIMES we are on a day out, and the sun is shining and my husband is there too and we are having a great day and I relax a bit. Weird!
And, unbelievably I know, I am never able to watch all of my children all of the time, because guess what?
I have three kids and one set of eyes.
I have been the mother whose kid is doing something batshit beyond-the-realms-of-normality crazy.
My spidey-sense can only go so far.
Granted, I haven't found them in an animal enclosure (yet) but in all honesty, that could have been my kid in there.
If you have ever been in charge of a 4 year old who is intent on doing something, you will know.
4 year olds have no sense of 'just wait a minute' or consequence.
I am astonished at the sheer vitriol pounded out over the internet towards the mother of that child.
From parents too!
I am an animal lover beyond belief. I am so saddened that Harambe was shot; he didn't stand a chance.
I cannot even begin to think of the mind who would wish a 4 year old boy be sacrificed in front of a crowd of onlookers in a zoo.
What an awful, horrifying situation.
We all look to blame when something like this happens.
Blame the mother, blame the zoo, blame the child...
Can there be total blame here?
Sure, the mother should have been watching her child, but in all honesty, complete and total honesty, if you have a 4 year old, can you honestly say you have never ever taken your eyes off the ball in what should be a safe place?
Never looked down to a crying baby only for your toddler to start heading towards the road?
Never looked away for a second in the supermarket?
Kids are fast. Kids are super crazy fast. And sneaky.
The zoo should definitely have made their enclosure completely child-proof. Heck, it begs belief that a 4 year old could manage to breach the walls and get in somehow. A 4 year old! They are good at climbing, but not that good. I'm sure we will learn how he managed to get in, but come on, it really shouldn't have been that easy to get into. And I'm very sure that the keepers and everyone at the zoo will be beyond devastated that their mistake has led to the death of a much-loved and endangered animal in such a way.
It's so easy to be judgmental.
Like most things though, you cannot judge unless you have been there.
Granted, some people are idiots. Some people do do some really stupid things.
A 4 year old kid though?