Wrong Michelle Gregg harassed online over child who fell into gorilla enclosure

Michelle Gregg from Weston, Ohio — who shares the same name as the mother of the child who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo  — is finding herself the target of online abuse.

This comes after panicked zoo visitors watched helplessly as a 400-pound gorilla picked up and dragged a four-year-old boy who fell into a shallow moat on May 28.

Fearing for the boy’s life, the zoo’s dangerous-animal response team shot and killed Harambe, the 17-year-old great ape.

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The incident has caused an uproar online. Gregg shared the messages she received from strangers calling her a bad mother and writing that her children should be taken away.

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Zoo officials said the boy climbed through a barrier at the Gorilla World exhibit and dropped five metres into the moat Saturday afternoon. He was in there for about 10 minutes.

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Zoo director Thane Maynard said the gorilla didn’t appear to be attacking the child but was “an extremely strong” animal in an agitated situation.

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He said tranquilizing the gorilla wouldn’t have knocked it out immediately. Many people online have said they are upset about the killing of a member of an endangered species.

The boy’s mother — also named Michelle Gregg — appears to have shut down her Facebook account but a Facebook group called I support Michelle Gregg is active. Gregg responded on the page:

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With files from the Associated Press.