'Shoot them': Terrifying death threats for parents of boy who fell into gorilla enclosure

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.

'Shoot them': Terrifying death threats for parents of boy who fell into gorilla enclosure

'Shoot them': Terrifying death threats for parents of boy who fell into gorilla enclosure

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.

The young boy pictured with his family. Source: Facebook.

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.

Pictured: Parents of little boy who fell into zoo enclosure, Michelle Gregg and Deonne Dickerson

"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.

The little boy's mother Michelle Gregg uploaded this post to Facebook before deactivating her account.

But the criticism won't abate, with Ms Gregg and her husband now receiving death threats.

The mother of the little boy has since deleted her Facebook profile.

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."

The young boy with his father. Source: Facebook.

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."

Zoo director Thane Maynard said the right decision was made.

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.

READ MORE: Footage shows gorilla holding hands with little boy

Meanwhile, police have launched an investigation into the incident, and a federal investigation is also planned.

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