Kaley Cuoco Slams Gorilla Killing at Cincinnati Zoo

Kaley Cuoco has some heated words for the Cincinnati Zoo.

The Big Bang Theory actress, who is an advocate for animal rights, recently took to Instagram to condemn the killing of a gorilla named Harambe in order to rescue a four-year-old boy who had fallen into the exhibit. Sharing a photo of the primate, Cuoco aired her grievances about how the situation was handled, saying that an innocent animal had been “killed over people not using their brains.”

On Saturday (May 28, 2016), a young boy fell into an enclosure at the Ohio zoo where, according to witnesses, he was held and dragged around by gorilla. After determining that the child’s life was in danger, the zoo decided to shoot and kill the animal.

“Im sure I will get tons of backlash (per usual),” Cuoco began, “but once again, another senseless horrendous animal being killed over people not using their brains.”

“If you watch the footage, you see this gorgeous animal holding that child’s hand. Do with that, what you will,” she continued. “As sad as this makes me, a part of me is happy for that amazing creature doesn’t have to live in captivity another day.”

Following the incident, the Cincinnati Zoo defended its actions, saying in a statement, “The Zoo security team’s quick response saved the child’s life. We are all devastated that this tragic accident resulted in the death of a critically-endangered gorilla.”

The mother of the boy also since defended herself in a now-deleted Facebook post, writing, “As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and 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. Thank you to everyone that helped me and my son today and most importantly God for being the awsome [sic] God that He is.”

Earlier this month, Cuoco wrote about the reported killing of two lions after a man had jumped into the animals’ zoo exhibit in an attempted suicide.

Harambe was a 400-pound, 17-year-old western lowland silverback gorilla. He was in the enclosure with two other female gorillas, who were immediately recalled by zoo staff after the boy had entered the enclosure, at the time of the incident.

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