The parents of the boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure at a US zoo have been receiving death threats after the endangered animal was killed.
The child's parents, Michelle Gregg 32, and Deonne Dickerson, 37, have been at the centre of criticism surrounding the decision by zoo staff to fatally shoot ‘Harambe’ after their four-year-old son climbed over a barricade at Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio.
Michelle, who works as an administrator at a pre-school, took to social media following a public backlash after 17-year-old Harambe was captured on camera dragging her four-year-old boy, believed to be called Isiah Dickerson, around the moated area of the enclosure.
"As a society we are quick to judge how a parent could take their eyes off of their child and if anyone knows me I keep a tight watch on my kids. Accidents happen but I am thankful that the right people were in the right place today," she wrote on Facebook.
But the criticism won't abate, with Ms Gregg and her husband now receiving death threats.
One furious tweeter wrote: "How about blaming the f*****g numb-nut parents. Shoot them not the Gorilla."
Another person agreed, tweeting: "Feel for the gorilla. Didn't deserve to get shot. Shoot the s****y mum instead."
Another tweeted slamming Ms Gregg's parenting skills.
"I'm pro animals. Take better care of your 3yr old F*****G KID you lazy son of a b***h. Shoot the parents first then the gorilla. Rant over."
The backlash comes after footage surfaced which suggested the gorilla was trying to protect their child, rather than threaten him – after the little boy crawled into the zoo enclosure.
Meanwhile, police have launched an investigation into the incident, and a federal investigation is also planned.