But here's what I really want this post to be about: I haven't stopped praying for the entire situation since it happened.
I pray for the mom. I pray that she finds peace and can come back from the shock and scare of the initial incident. I pray that she stands strong and never doubts herself and her parenting abilities because of all the people lashing out on the internet. I pray that she stays strong during this investigation of her home that was brought on because people were so loud about putting her at fault.
I pray for the child. You don't hear much about the child on the internet. I pray that he has a complete physical recovery. He suffered a concussion and I am thankful it wasn't worse than that. I pray for the emotional trauma he suffered. I pray that it won't follow him for the rest of his life. I pray that he will still want to visit the zoo in the future. I pray he doesn't have a major fear of animals for the rest of his life.
I pray for the zookeepers who had to make the difficult decision to pull the trigger which saved the child's life. They are facing a lot of hate and scrutiny right now too. But they were just doing their job. A very difficult job. And they did it well and made the right decision. I pray that they can take the criticism and are not forever scared from this incident either.
I pray for the authorities at the zoo. They're facing investigation as well. And do you think they're going to lose revenue because of this? Of course they will. And it was just starting to be zoo season. I pray that they stay strong through all of this. I pray the people who have a voice (like Jack Hanna) will stick up for the shooters. I hope they'll support the child and his family. I pray that they will make the zoo a safer place for children. And I pray that they are able to sleep at night knowing the child is safe and that their employees made the right decision.
I even pray for the two female gorillas. They are grieving Harambe right now and that makes me so sad. I hate when animal families and friendships are torn apart. For some reason, it just pulls at my heart. A friend of mine hit a mother deer once and saw her baby still alive on the side of the road. It tore my heart out and I couldn't sleep for weeks. These gorillas lost their mate and companion. You know they are very confused. Maybe it's weird to pray for animals like this, but I do.
So no matter which side of this you're on, I think we can all agree that the whole situation was tragic and very traumatic for all involved. These people need love and support and they need God. I encourage you to pray for them with me.
Thanks for reading!