Celebrities Express Outrage Over Killing of Harambe the Gorilla

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Courtesy of The Cincinnati Zoo

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"A quick decision had to be made," said the zoo director.

Numerous celebrities have spoken out after a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla named Harambe was fatally shot Saturday to protect a child who fell into the animal's Cincinnati Zoo enclosure. 

The killing has sparked a debate around the world as to who is to blame for gorilla's death. 

“We are heartbroken about losing Harambe, but a child’s life was in danger and a quick decision had to be made by our Dangerous Animal Response Team,” zoo director Thane Maynard said in a statement. 

It appears two sides have formed, those who blame the parents for apparently not watching the child close enough and those who blame the zoo for the area being accessible at all to patrons. 

Below are celebrity reactions to the incident: 

Below is the full statement from the Cincinnati Zoo on the death of the gorilla: