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1softkiss : Animals are so easily misjudged by people that have never had any experience with them and that indicates that there is a lot out there that people need to do research on before passing judgment about the human and animal bond !!

Jack Ridge : She was safer with the gorillas than some babysitters.

Sunny Blue : Let the man raise his own dang child how he wants! All I want to know is can the gorilla babysit on Wednesdays and Fridays because those are my bingo days.

ditzy : Human: be careful it's a wild animal! Animal: be careful it's a wild human!

Udumfucc : "You must be careful they are wild animals." Indeed, but the same rule applies to human beings too.

Clayton Saint Cyr : This obviously isn't a parenting issue, she's clearly fine. He probably had defense plans as well in case of emergency. This is an issue about people stigmatizing an animal based on isolate incidents.

Daniel Strauss : I'm more afraid to a species called humans.

Hawk : R.I.P Harambe :(

charles espinosa : we are the most dangerous animals in the world

Moriah B : Guys, chimpanzees are extremely different from gorillas. Chimpanzees are more violent, and are more likely to attack without reason. Gorillas a a lot more gentle with humans and each other. They are two separate species. Please don't use one to judge the other.

Grand Tour performance/car club motorsports : More humans have killed other humans in one year then all of gorrillas have in all of time

Raptor Jesus : putting a child in with primates! how scary!...oh wait, we're primates. gorillas are intelligent hominids, they're one of our closest relatives.

akseli9 : This is not just unknown gorillas in a zoo. These gorillas live with them and are taken care of by them. They all are family members to each other, it's not like they'd have put the little girl in some unknown gorillas cage in a zoo. The entire business of this man at the time, was to heal lost gorillas and then release them to Nature once healed.

Samuel Levy : People need to stop sensationalizing these creatures. Any living being can attack when it feels threatened, but gorillas are widely known amongst animal experts as being an incredibly gentle species. Baboons are commonly known for being vicious, and chimpanzees can also be hot-tempered. Gorillas, however, have shown that they recognize human beings as similar creatures, and recognize human children as being similar to their own offspring. Not all primates are alike -- people need to chill out.

bosnakedisniksic : He is so polite. He was talking and the reporter interrupted with a question and the guy was still talking yet he said sorry as if it was his bad lol. America, take note, this is how you behave on news stations. Im tired of seeing remedial reporters, correspondents, guests, and politicians yelling over each other. Im talking to you Fox Entertainment ;)

Gooners Rule : Would you entrust a baby gorilla to any human?

Monochrome Assassin : Gorillas are actually pretty cool man. Some are more aggressive than others but they're pretty nice if you don't show threat.

Andrea Roll : it's full of videos on the internet of people letting their childrens playing with dogs and cats potentially capable of hurting or killing them and nobody has anything to say about that, is this really any different?

Tairy Hesticles : Oh look, if you put a gorilla in forced captivity for years and then let it loose it may attack something! We have to stop treating animals like entertainment. At least animals so closely related to humans.

Dennis Sanford : That gorrilla is not 300 pounds

University Of Houston16 : the world should fight for Harambee justice...proof that gorillas can be gentle and Harambe was just freaked from the yelling...

Chickie Babe : I am a firm believer in showing no fear with an animal.  Your strength and confidence and compassion for the animal comes into play here.  Yes some animals no way but I've seen many videos depicting the side of the animals that is soothing and gentle and very loving.  Gorilla's are 97% our genetic equals which means they are 97% that close to what we are.  And we are a bunch of crazy humans; think about some of the shit that some have done to other humans.  We have to give animals credit, have faith.  Animals are violent because of their needs food - sex - territory -etc...  What are our reasons?

FIERO871 : This is one of the many problems with humankind: anything different from us is to be feared, distrusted no matter what.

OGIT1917 : This guy is awesome he is a true conservationist! Gorillas are amazing!

SpiderWayne : Guy looks a bit like Adam West

Evie Addy : HOLD IT you bring King Kong into this when in reality he was one of the most gentle creatures I'd ever seen in a movie! especially towards the women whom by the way he saved in the end they shot the poor ape because everyone wanted him for things that are just wrong and this scared King Kong which then caused him to climb the tallest building in America the same way he would in the jungle to get away from any other kind of threat. yes the film demonstrated the power of the ape but people seem to overlook the gentle vulnerability of him and this is why I'm pissed off with the zoo keepers of Hanambe's zoo.

Blinzer : if i was held captive and ridiculed for my whole life i would be pretty pissed too

Mickey Bitsko : For one thing, that gorilla was nowhere near 300 pounds. In this specific case the animals were very familiar with those particular humans, and would obviously treat their child like any young gorilla. It's not like they eat their kids.

TheGreaterGood80 : What's key here are the enormous similarities between human and gorilla social behaviors. What's more, gorillas are definitely more mellow and gentle than chimps.

JuiceManK : Hey, if you held me captive in an enclosure the size of my backyard, I'd become a "wild beast" too. Humans act as if they can control these amazing creatures. How would you feel if some aliens dropped down and just decided to colonize us and put us on displays at zoos? Don't act like you wouldn't try to escape from captivity and act violently to keep that freedom.

Wasp : That thumbnail tho

Quicker Mafs : People kills each other every day & it's called murder in simple terms! it doesn't mean All human are killer! Same with the animals, If they get angry there must be a reason behind that maybe Camera flash makes them wild, so don't just generalized the whole thing!

Roger Kreil : Keep an eye on your kids and don't let them go where they aren't supposed to go so that no more gentle gorillas get shot.

Ryan Mader : it has been proven that gorillas understand human emotions, and there is at least one that can understand English and answer with sign language her name is Koko, if i were locked up in a zoo like a prison with people staring at me all day i would be pissed too and attack if i ever got out

Kelly Devlin : I don't see what the big deal is. These animals are incredibly intelligent. They knew that she was a baby and needed to be handled with care. Two small children have fallen into a gorilla enclosure at two different zoos and two different gorillas protected and saved those children. One gorilla barricade the child in refusing to let any of the gorillas get within arms reach of the child until he was rescued. The other gently picked up the child and began rocking him as she was walking over to the door and then handed the child over.

SleezyWeezel : Harambe just wanted to play with that kid just like these two. RIP.

Cheryl Mojta : This video makes me even sadder to know that Harambe had to die because of human negligence.. And because he was in a zoo

Roabie : Gorillas and orangutans are literally some of the safest primates to be around. Yes, they are very powerful but they do not fight unless they have to or are provoked. They're very intelligent and know what is a threat and what isn't. A tame gorilla is less likely to attack someone, especially a child, than a dog is. It would be different if it were a chimp, since chimps are far more unpredictable. However, the two I mentioned already are the least concerning of all the apes. Kid was in absolutely no danger. One in a million chance that gorilla would have hurt it, and if it had, it more than likely would have been accidental.

Terry Licia : Tansy Aspinall is now an adult, and has a new video of her and her gorilla buddy meeting up 20 yras later. The gorilla REMEMBERED her! Lots of hugs, tickles and play. Marvelous!

steve salt : That is not a 300 pound gorilla... maybe 95 pounds. Media love to add drama.

YourArgumentIsInvalid : I wouldn't entrust chimps with anything, but I'd have no problem trusting Gorillas to be around my own children. Not because I'm some tree hugging idealist, but because I know enough about the social behaviour of Gorillas. The great apes are very VERY different from one another.

Andres Mendez : the kid might be safer with these gorillas rather than alone in a city, or plain, amidst humans.

128pagenovella : Interracial crime is 90% black on white. So this is a very risky thing to do.

Neo TSV : This is an exceptional instance where the whole family knows about Gorilla behavious and they would know when not to allow the child into their enclosure.  People are over protective.  Good on you man.

Peter Kermack : After today i now respect gorillas A LOT more and watching that video about the gorilla being killed because the adults let the kid in the gorilla cage. My sisters and I are going to have a funeral in our back yard for that gorilla that protected and ran with the kid, ITS NOT HIS FAULT HE SHOULD NOW HAVE BEEN KILLED!

Jessica Fernandez : And then Harambe... :(

barry zome : Damm dirty Humans

De Leftover : They always talk about how dangerous these creatures are. Never thinking about how dangerous we might be to the gorilla's. Especially when we treated them like "objects that eat".

Jacques Lecleire : Superb !!!

janestillspeaking : Truth be written, depending on the person, you are likely to be safer in the wild with a gorilla, than anywhere (school, work place, home) with a human.