The stars have spoken. Shaunie O’Neal is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the gorilla incident that has made the Cincinnati Zoo famous.


“Something was wrong with how the boy was just able to get in there like that,” Shaunie said during a recent interview. “Clearly you [should] have your child latched on at this point at three.”

The celebrity mom further scrutinized the child’s mother by telling media, “I hate to pass judgment because we haven’t seen the closure, but hell I hold onto my kids and they’re clearly all bigger than me.” She went on to say, “I myself might have just jumped into the gorilla pit. You can’t rattle me about much, but my kids is another story. Me and the gorilla going head to head.”

The Cincinnati Zoo became the center of focus after a 3-year-old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure last weekend. Some criticized the zoo for not having more kid-friendly boundaries, but the majority scrutinized the boy’s parents for failing to keep a watchful eye over the toddler. Officials shot the gorilla after the animal dragged the boy through the enclosure, which further infuriated animal activists.

BCK Asks: What are your thoughts on the gorilla incident? Should the child’s parents be held liable? Do you think that an outsider has the right to label someone as a “bad parent” without knowing the details surrounding an incident?

Listen to the 911 call that the Cincinnati mother made after her son fell into the gorilla enclosure here!

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Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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