The mother of the boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure has said that “accidents happen” on a Facebook post hitting out at critics.
The endangered animal was shot dead by zoo staff to protect the four-year-old after it began dragging him around.
Michelle Gregg has faced criticism from social media users and animal rights campaigners, who claim she should have been keeping a closer eye on her child.
Some animal lovers even suggested she should have been shot and killed instead of the gorilla Harambe.
Responding to the criticism on Facebook, she said: “I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers today. What started off as a wonderful day turned into a scary one.
“For those of you that have seen the news or been on social media that was my son that fell in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo. God protected my child until the authorities were able to get to him.
“My son is safe and was able to walk away with a concussion and a few scrapes… no broken bones or internal injuries.
“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.”