Old Footage Shows Gorillas Rescuing Children Who Fell Into Their Pits


When a 5-year-old boy fell into the enclosure of a gorilla named Jambo at the Jersey Zoo (now Durrell Wildlife Park) in 1986, the boy lost consciousness. Jambo stood between the boy and the other gorillas; the action was interpreted as a gesture to protect him from harm. Then, Jambo stood over him, stroking him until he regained consciousness, at which point Jambo retreated. No one was harmed.

The Chicago incident occurred at the Brookfield Zoo in 1996. A 3-year-old boy fell into Binti Jua’s enclosure and she protected him, while carrying her own baby on her back.

But Jambo and Binti Jua became famous for their benevolent acts.

Still, because the video does not show the whole incident, Redmond said he was “not in a position to make a definitive judgement.”

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