What do you think, should we let her off the hook for being a negligent and terrible mom?
The mother of the 4-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo blasted her critics, saying that “accidents happen.”
In a post on Facebook, Michelle Gregg apparently fired back after some claimed she wasn’t keeping a close eye on her child.
After falling into the enclosure, the gorilla, named Harambe, dragged him around. Zoo officials were forced to shoot the animal.
“I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers today. What started off as a wonderful day turned into a scary one,” she wrote, according to the New York Post. “For those of you that have seen the news or been on social media that was my son that fell in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo. God protected my child until the authorities were able to get to him.”
She added: “My son is safe and was able to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes… no broken bones or internal injuries.”
“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.”
Police officers are now looking into charging the parents of the boy with child neglect.
The shooting on Harambe outraged animal rights activists and animal lovers. More than 70,000 people signed a Change.org petition calling for the parents to be investigated.