Tragedy struck on Saturday, May 28 when a 17-year old gorilla named Harambe was shot and killed by an employee at the Cincinnati Zoo.
The employee was acting out of concern that the animal would kill a four-year old boy who fell into his enclosure.
Not long after this incident went viral, regular folks on Twitter reacted in outrage over a gorilla having to be killed due to a human's mistake, while many celebrities also chimed in with their opinions.
Here is a look at how a handful of famous people feel about the sad death of Harambe:
I don't think they had a choice… it's too bad there wasn’t another way.
RIP #harambe. I'm sure I will get tons of backlash (per usual) I mean let's be honest, I wear the wrong sweatpants and the entire world has something to say about it, but once again, another senseless horrendous animal being killed over people not using their brains.
This is why I hate zoos! This is so messed up. This poor gorilla.
Taking their eye off the ball, but no child should ever be able to crawl into a gorilla compound.
Oh the poor gorilla, he did nothing wrong, if you watch the video, so sad..as a mother I would've jumped in too.
Holly Robinson Peete
Last week a naked man in Chile jumped in a lion den on purpose now this boy with the gorilla...Beautiful innocent animals killed. Smh.
Damn homie.. You was just chillin at your crib. R.I.P.
DL Hughley also took aim at the child’s parent, tweeting, “If you leave your kid in a car you go to jail, if you let your kid fall into a Gorilla Enclosure u should too!
You 'display' wild animals in cages for money, but then you don’t properly protect them or the kids visiting them from each other? Shameful. How was the gorilla enclosure not child proof? You’re dealing with an endangered species & yet you’ve made it possible for kids to fall in?
It is a devastating loss to the zoo, and to the gorillas. How did the others react? Are they allowed to see, and express grief, which seems to be so important.