The Cincinnati Zoo issued a statement as well:
"We are heartbroken about losing Harambe, but a child's life was in danger and a quick decision had to be made by our Dangerous Animal Response Team," said Zoo Director Thane Maynard. "Our first response was to call the gorillas out of the exhibit. The two females complied, but Harambe did not. It is important to note that with the child still in the exhibit, tranquilizing the 450-pound gorilla was not an option."
Still, many animal advocates are outraged by the decision to kill Harambe. Chris Draper, spokesman for the Born Free Foundation, called the death of Harambe a tragedy for everyone involved. "This is a tragedy: for Harambe, who has had his life cut short, and for the remaining gorillas at the zoo who have lost a key member of their family."