Critics cry racism as father of boy who fell into Gorilla enclosure's criminal history is detailed
In the aftermath of the Cincinnati Zoo's decision to kill 17-year-old gorilla Harambe after a boy fell into his enclosure, the attention has turned to the child's parents.
A Change.org petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures says the boy needed better supervision.
Now, some critics are crying foul over an article from the Daily Mail that reveals the boy's father, who is black, has had several run-ins with the law, calling the post racist.
The piece details his father's offenses "include burglary, firearms offenses, drug trafficking, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and kidnap," but also notes he "appears to have turned his life around to become the proud father of four."
See photos of Harambe and the incident
In the New York Daily News, Shaun King wrote the story is a "hit job" on the boy's father.
"It does not appear that the boy's father was even at the zoo with his family on Saturday. Why then mention him at all? Why name him?"
Cincinnati police said they're not considering any charges in the case. The boy's family said he's doing fine and thanked the Cincinnati Zoo for its actions, saying, "We know that this was a very difficult decision for them, and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla."
Many animal lovers were outraged by the zoo's decision to kill the gorilla instead of using tranquilizers.
Western lowland gorillas, like Harambe, are considered critically endangered by the World Wildlife Fund.
Experts say the population has dwindled down to around 200,000 animals left in the world. More than half of the population has disappeared in the past 25 years.