One day, as usual, the Detroit Zoo chimpanzee exhibit was surrounded by spectators on all sides, when suddenly, a tricky chase between two chimps gone wrong, and one of the chimps slipped into the muddy moat surrounding the exhibit.
Unlike humans, chimps’ bodies are not designed to have the natural buoyancy in water. So the unlucky chimp started drowning very soon. None of the zoo staff were brave enough to go near him, as they feared the aggressive tendencies of the territorial chimps in the colony.
But one man named Rick Swope could not hold himself back at the miserable sight of the struggling chimp. He bravely crossed the enclosure and dived straight into the moat. But again, the blurred water made it impossible for him to spot the chimp.
At that time, the crowd started cheering Rick. They helped him to reach the chimp. As he brought the chimp back to safety, the chimp family was only grateful, and let him return unharmed. Rick’s brave and heroic act of kindness has indeed won our hearts today!
Click the video below to watch Rick put his life on line to save the helpless chimp!