Zookeepers Refuse To Save Drowning Chimpanzee – Then A Truck Driver Breaks Into His Cage.

We strongly believe that wild animals should not be kept in zoos. Specifically, chimpanzees deserve to live freely and independently. Even if they have ample space and receive good care, their natural habitat is still the best place for them.

That being said, we couldn’t resist sharing this rescue video with you. It depicts a man ignoring the warning signs and rules of a zoo, and bravely jumping into an enclosure to rescue a chimpanzee.

That is true heroism!

In 1990, a chimpanzee named Jo-Jo fell into a moat at the Detroit Zoo after being chased by a more aggressive chimp. He jumped over the fence meant to keep him away from the water.

Jo-Jo became frantic and fought to stay afloat. Meanwhile, approximately ten astonished onlookers watched as he struggled in the water.

Rick Swope, a 33-year-old truck driver, attended the event with his wife and three children. As soon as he noticed the fear on Jo-Jo’s face, he understood that he had to take action. Without hesitation, he jumped into the water to rescue the magnificent ape.

Keep in mind that chimpanzees are up to five times more powerful than humans. Additionally, the chimpanzee was in a restricted area where visitors were not allowed, and there were several other chimpanzees inside the enclosure that could have turned aggressive at any moment.

Rick acted without hesitation. His family observed in amazement as he rescued Jo-Jo from the water and brought him safely to dry land. It was quite a challenging task…

Rick lost grip of Jo-Jo and he vanished beneath the water. However, Rick persisted and managed to save the 18-year-old, 200-pound (90 kg) chimpanzee in the end.

Jo-Jo emerged from the water, in a weakened state, yet miraculously alive. Rick had come to his rescue.

“He was looking at me. I think he knew what was going on,” Rick told the Chicago Tribune.

Watch the brave rescue here

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