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A gorilla was fatally shot by Cincinnati Zoo officials after a four-year-old child fell into his enclosure, and now an online petition is calling for the child's parents to be charged.

The "Justice for Harambe" petition asserts that the tragic death of the 17-year-old male western lowland gorilla was directly caused by parental negligence.

"Please sign this petition to encourage the Cincinnati Zoo, Hamilton County Child Protection Services, and Cincinnati Police Department hold the parents responsible," it states.

The petition currently has more than 328,000 signatures.

Donald Trump was asked this morning about the killing, saying that zoo officials had no choice but to take the life of the gorilla. 

"It's too bad there wasn't another way," said Trump, adding that the gorilla could have killed the child in a split-second with no warning.

He also said he was amazed at how gentle the gorilla was with the boy at times during the tense encounter.

Let us know what you think in the comments.


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