This Brave Man Jumps into Zoo Enclosure to Save Drowning Chimp
A 135-pound chimpanzee named Jo-Jo slipped into water at the Detroit Zoo after being chased by another chimp. Dozens of visitors and zoo workers watched as he thrashed around helplessly.
Truck driver Rick Swope stood there in horror alongside his wife and three children. He saw the look on the 18-year-old chimp’s face and knew he couldn’t just stand back and do nothing.
Now, think about this: Chimps have up to five times the strength of humans, the zoo enclosure was forbidden territory for visitors, and the enclosure was full of other apes that could turn aggressive at any moment.
Without any hesitation whatsoever, Swope left his family and jumped into the forbidden ape enclosure.
Visitors cheered on Swope as he grabbed Jo-Jo and pulled him onto the slippery shore. “He was pretty lifeless, but you could see he was still alive,” Swope told the Chicago Tribune.
Thanks to the 33-year-old truck driver, Jo-Jo survived and recovered.