With a training company focussed on health and social care, it may seem strange and surprising that today’s blog is focussed on a gorilla…Stay with me though, as whilst the story is about a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla named Harambe, that lived in Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in the USA, the focus of this story is one of how we perceive situations that have a tragic element to them and search for someone to blame, rather than, as this reporter Mel Robbins (CNN) suggests in her article, and what forms the core basis of the training we offer….. we empathise instead.
For those unfamiliar with the story, a 3-year-old boy who climbed through a barrier at the Zoo and tumbled into the gorilla enclosure below. The gorilla, Harambe, dragged him (with some violence according to some of those who witnesses) through the enclosure and he also appeared to take a protective guard stance over him. At one point, Harambe stood the boy up and pulled up his pants.
As stated by Mel in her article: