The zookeeper who raised Harambe the gorilla has opened up about the devastating loss, which came about when a 4-year-old fell into Harambe’s enclosure at the Cincinatti Zoo.
Jerry Stones, who works as the facilities director for the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, was present when Harambe was first born. The beloved silverback gorilla lived to be 17 years old.
“We hand-raised him. I took him home at night with me,” Stones told ABC News.