Levan Merrit, Guy Who Was Saved By A Gorilla in 1986 When He Was Five Speaks Out About Gorilla Harambe Shooting in Cincinnati zoo.
“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.”
“They felt guilty but I always told them it was my fault. I was a young lad, always wandering off, exploring things.”