Man Suddenly Jumps Into Zoo Enclosure And Risks His Life To Save A Drowning Chimp

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Not all animals love water. We know that some cats hate water. One of the biggest dangers, when swimming or participating in watersports, is drowning. Even animals can drown if they get caught or are unprepared to deal with deep water. Rick Swope wasn’t about to let the chimpanzee at the Detroit Zoo drown.

It was 1990 when Swope entered the enclosure to help Jo-Jo the chimp after a fight. Chimpanzees can’t swim, and Jo-Jo was in trouble. If it hadn’t been for Swope, Jo-Jo’s life might have had a tragic end that day.

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Swope was warned not to intervene, but he wasn’t willing to stand by and watch the chimp struggle in the water. Years after the rescue, Jane Goodall mentioned Swope to a group of people at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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His good deed was appreciated by the famous primatologist.