“Mummy, I want to swim with the gorilla.” Those were the last words of a 4-year-old boy before he fell into the enclosure of a 17-year-old silverback gorilla in Cincinnati Zoo.
The Zoo Keepers feared for the safety of the boy. They felt they did the right thing by shooting dead the well-loved gorilla named Harambe.
But video footage suggests the boy was not in danger. It shows the boy sitting calmly next to the massive gorilla. In one moment, the gorilla even wrapped his arms around the boy. The boy appeared to be calm, staring into the gorilla’s eyes.
Eyewitnesses to the incident have claimed the gorilla was showing no aggressive behavior towards the boy. They said it was the screams from those watching the unfolding drama panicked Harambe, causing him to drag the boy at quick speed across the water.
Minutes later, Harambe was fatally shot by the zookeepers who thought it was the right thing to do.
But an ape expert thought otherwise.
Dr Emily Bethell, a senior lecturer in Primate Behavior at Liverpool John Moores University revealed that the gorilla’s body language showed he was not threatening the boy in the sense that he wanted to hurt the boy. “He was clearly being protective,” said Dr Bethell.
The Zoo Keepers thought they did right but it turned out wrong.
The book of Proverbs has a saying that is repeated twice.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25).
Sharing a prayer concern may seem right but it is wrong when confidentiality is violated and a person’s good name and character is destroyed.
Helping a person by clearing his debt may seem right but is wrong for it could not bail him out of the vicious cycle of gambling and borrowing.
And we are witnessing today those who believe they are serving god and think it right to behead another human being.
The warning of our Lord Jesus in John 16:2 of such a time has already come.
“In fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.”
What they thought right is wrong!