She didn’t watch the video. Gotta smile. Of course not.
Can’t embed the video, but here’s a link. Don’t be like Nicole. Go watch it.
If Nicole had bothered listening to the Q & A in the video, she would know that the zoo has a specially trained team to handle situations with large, dangerous animals. They practice this. They are prepared for this. They try to prevent it, but they practice just in case. But no, it was lawyers, of course.
Events like this are rare, but do happen. Gorillas are an endangered species. One method we use to help save them is to keep them in zoos and hopefully increase their numbers in a protected place. To finance that effort, the zoos are open to the public. It’s a potentially risky endeavor, and there are pros and cons to it, but I really don’t think the world needs Nicole Naugler’s lofty, totally uneducated opinion on the subjects of either animal husbandry and zookeeping, or parenting.
And a “local gorilla” (what in the hell is a “local gorilla”?) charged Joe. Hell, he probably thought Joe was his long-lost twin brother. Wanted to give him a hug.
Having seen how Nicole reacted when the teeny fender-bender-that-didn’t-bend-a-fender occurred, I can tell you how she would have reacted had one of her children gone into the gorilla enclosure. She would have been screeching in her high-pitched voice at full volume, and threatening everyone on the planet with lawsuits if they didn’t get her child out of harm’s way immediately, because she has her rights and by gosh, the Constitution. We already know how Nicole reacts to stressful situations. It’s not pretty or flattering.
But of course, the Naugler children never do anything they shouldn’t (except eat pancakes). This is totally the fault of the child’s parents. And Nicole wants to “believe that the gorilla would have given the handler his child.”
This is exactly why they do not have a half-baked, idiotic, dog groomer on the dangerous animal response team at the zoo.
“Scuse me very powerful and potentially deadly primate. I have watched Jungle Book as well as Mutual of Omaha. I am an animal behaviorist. I am coming into the enclosure to reason with you and explain to you the error of your ways. Here now gorilla . . . Give me the tiny human. Embrace me and be blessed.”
And a great comment on her page, which likely won’t last.
“Hey, gorilla, can you spare a dime?”
* Quoted snark is not mine. It comes courtesy of The Nefarious Please, who is smart and witty and funny.
If you’d like to read somebody’s commentary on the gorilla situation, somebody who actually knows what she is talking about, and not the silly ramblings of a woman whose total expertise is that she knows how to cut a Maltese dog’s coat and give him a bath, well here you go.