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The times when gorillas made millions of people cry when they stood up to protect weak children


Before Harambe’s traumatic story, there have been many cases of children falling into gorilla cages being saved by this supposedly ferocious primate.

When the case of a 3-year-old boy falling into a gorilla cage and causing the tragic death of gorilla Harambe has not subsided, people have raised many questions about whether this 17-year-old gorilla is really Want to attack the boy? Or was Harambe just trying to protect him and see if he was okay?

Many people believe that the zoo staff’s decision was cruel to end Harambe’s life with a single shot. Perhaps, the story was painful enough for Harambe and the people involved. The question of whether there is a love between gorillas and children like that of a parent for a child cannot be clarified with just a few comments.

But in a certain corner, we have also had to admire a few times, even shed tears because of the touching story or the acts of kindness that this animal treats humans.

In 1986, five-year-old Levin Merritt also fell into a gorilla cage at the Jersey Zoo, USA. Lying on the cement floor covered with bloodstains and almost completely unconscious, Levin didn’t seem to be aware of what had happened while the zoo visitors could only scream.

Thought the boy could be killed by a large group of gorillas, but what happened made the onlookers completely amazed. Jambo – the leader gorilla with a silver back has watched over the boy, protecting Levin from the prying eyes of the other members of the herd. After using his nose to sniff Levin’s body, Jambo used his body to shield and prevent other gorillas from approaching.

After a while, when Levin woke up, the boy was very scared and cried loudly. Jambo ran away right after that. Thanks to the zookeepers who bravely jumped into the gorilla’s cage, Levin was brought out safely and no one was injured.

Ten years later, in 1996, a similar incident occurred at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago when a 3-year-old baby fell into a gorilla cage.

As soon as she saw the baby fall, a female gorilla in the pack – Binti Jua, picked up the baby. At that time, the 3-year-old boy was almost completely unconscious because of the fall from a height of 6m. Binti hugged the boy carefully and brought him close to the barn door so the staff could safely save the baby.

Many people have wondered, is there a sacred maternal love between Binti and the baby, when the gorilla thinks it is like her baby? In that breath-taking moment, what Binti did caused people to rethink the connection between animals and humans.


And in the case of Harambe, the gorilla who died last week, exactly two decades after the Brookfield Zoo incident, there is growing confidence in the animal’s genetic closeness to humans. don’t want to hurt the kids.

Harambe didn’t mean to hurt the child but was just trying to guard and protect the baby, walking with a curious part. It was the screaming crowds outside and Harambe’s over 180kg body that seemed to scare people, not the poor gorilla’s behavior.

So far, many scientists have spent their lives in the forests of Africa, living with chimpanzees and gorillas such as zoologists David Attenborough, Jane Goodall or George Schaller. They have lived and studied the behavior of these animals to find that primates and humans have a close, close relationship.

“Perhaps, I have never experienced such a meaningful look when exchanging glances with primates. That’s something I don’t find in other animals,” David shared. “The eyes, the ears, the sense organs, they are all the same as humans.”

Sometimes, we don’t need to spend decades to study whether there is a real emotional attachment between humans and materials. Emotions are inherently something that people need to experience, not study.

And perhaps, the above stories also make you answer for yourself.

The story of Koko begins 40 years ago, when Koko first became a world phenomenon in the show Seventies, appearing in TV documentaries and magazine covers.

Koko even inspired a best-selling children’s book at the time, becoming friends with A-list Hollywood stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Robin Williams, changing the way science views communication. and emotions in great apes.

But Koko the gorilla passed away at the age of 46 without fulfilling its most recent “wish”: to be a mother.

According to the Daily Mail, from the age of 9, when asked about the gift she would most like to have, Koko would bend her elbows and swing from side to side – considered the movement of holding a newborn baby. Koko also regularly “takes care” of the dolls, even pretending to feed them and scolding them like a real “mother”.


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