Man Saved By Gorilla in 1986 Says Zookeepers Were Right To Shoot Harambe


People are arguing on internet after the killing of a gorilla, named Harambe, after a little boy fell into his enclosure. People are blaming at the kid’s parents. 

Levan Merritt, the man who hit headlines back in 1986 when he fell into a gorilla’s enclosure at Jersey Zoo. The gorilla, Jambo, protected him until ambulance services could attend to him.

Jambo, a 250-pound gorilla at the Jersey Zoo in St. Helier, sits beside the unconscious form of five-year-old Levan Merritt, after the boy tumbled 20-feet into the gorilla pit at the Jersey Zoo in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands on Sept. 2, 1986. 

Levan spoke to reporters and revealed that he believes the zoo keepers made the ‘right decision’.

He said: “I know what it’s like to come face to face with an enormous gorilla – absolutely terrifying. But my experience taught me they are also incredibly caring. Watching the American video brought it all back. I felt for the boy but also felt for the gorilla.

Did they have to kill it? Well, he wouldn’t have known his own strength compared to a child, having lived in captivity and never touched a human infant.

And he does grab the boy and drags him into the water at a terrifying speed. The four-year-old is tiny and could easily have been injured. So they made the correct decision to save the boy’s life.

In my case, Jambo made sure nothing bad could happen.”

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