~@ The story of Harambre the gorilla, being shot to spare a child is truly upsetting… As a parent, I have asked myself how I would react, if this happened to my child?… Highlighted here, is a happy ending to the same scenario… Notice the gentle, concerned and protective actions of this Gorilla… Watch him gently rub this childs back, asking in the only way knew, ‘are you alright?’… please watch the video located at this page…
It was a story that gripped the nation – a five-year-old British boy who was knocked unconscious when he fell into a zoo’s gorilla enclosure and was touchingly protected by a giant male silverback named Jambo, who stood guard as the pack of apes circled.
Earlier this year, Levan Merritt shared his memories with Mail Online of that fateful day thirty years ago when iconic video footage of the incident made headlines around the world while at the Jersey Zoo, now known as Durrell Wildlife Park.
On August 30 1986, Merrit and his family took a trip to a trip to the island of Jersey in the English Channel for a family holiday.
During a family holiday, Levan Merritt slipped and fell 20ft down into the gorilla pit at a zoo located on the island of Jersey in the English Channel
The 7ft tall 18 stone silverback male, Jambo, peered over to look at Levan who lay motionless on the concrete
In the remarkable incident that followed, Jambo stroked his back and protected him from the circling pack
While at the zoo, his father lifted his brother onto his shoulders to get a better look at the majestic animals, and Merritt decided to follow suit by clambering up the wall.
In the terrifying moment that followed, he slipped and fell 20 feet into the pit, snapping his arm and fracturing his skull in the process.
As he lay motionless on the ground, a 7ft tall 18 stone silverback male – called Jambo – slowly approached him.
As his family and a crowd of onlookers watched on in horror, Jambo reached out and gently stroked Levan’s back.
Jambo then stood protectively over Levan, as he lay unconscious on the floor after the nasty fall
The gorilla stood guard over Levan when he was unconscious, placing himself between the boy and the other gorillas in a protective gesture.
After a nerve-jangling minute, Levan began to regain consciousness and started to cry.
As his family screamed at him to remain still, his sobs caused the gorillas to retreat in panic and Jambo led them into the house in the pen.
But when the gate was closing, a younger gorilla called Hobbit rushed out, at which point and an ambulanceman and two keepers stepped in and rescued Levan in a dramatic escape.
Rescuers then hauled Merritt up on a stretcher and he was airlifted to hospital.
Levan’s family screamed at him to remain still as he started to stir – his cries scared the gorillas away
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3615783/Police-says-charges-brought-against-parents-4-year-old-climbed-tragic-17-year-old-gorilla-s-enclosure.html#ixzz4A90Lzfnt
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