|Who do you put your money on? "That's right, sucka.|
Pick on someone your own size." KO in 1st.
The following is tendered as the Bear's professional opinion as a large and dangerous animal, and also as one who has spent many years in zoos. And a parent.
Are the Parents Guilty? No.
When we lived in Sicily, one of our very young twin cubs defenestrated his brother from a two-story window onto cement. (He literally did not have a scratch.) Were we bad parents? Or just otherwise occupied like the couple in that awful Lars von Trier movie? In our defense, the number of our children had necessitated moving from a man-to-man defense to a zone defense, and we had probably not mastered it yet.
A child (who shall remain nameless) and his friend made bows and arrows and shot at each other across the length of a patio. With predictable results, and a scar that remains to this day.
The Bear is perfectly serious when he says he has had to yell, "Stop throwing the ax at each other!" Twins are the worst. See Jacob and Esau.
No parent can be undistracted every second. Children are curious and self-destructive. That's why they have parents, but also Guardian Angels.
Now, for all the Bear knows, the parents were dangling the kid over the fence for a cute picture with the gorilla. (Unless it's on al-Jazeera the Bear doesn't see much news over here.) But barring that, the Bear is not going to criticize the parents.
Should They Have Shot the Gorilla? Yes.
Now, about the gorilla. Higher animals hate captivity. (Remember that next time you go to zoo and see the Bear pacing back and forth endlessly.) The gorilla probably would have killed the kid as a gesture of protest. Or used sign-language to demand a fully fueled 777 and one million dollars. The zoo was right to put the beast out of its misery. This is a no-brainer.
However, they should have also shot the zoo director for having a crappy fence between kids and a gorilla. Or better, thrown him to the brown Bears for a win-win. Admit it: it does have a certain poetic justice, in a lex talionis way.
Full disclosure: the Bear believes chimpanzees and gorillas are Satan's creatures made in mockery of Man. Like Sauron did with elves to make orcs. They are horrible animals. You think a Bear attack is bad? At least the Bear will kill you and probably give you a decent burial. You don't even want to know what a chimpanzee will do to you.