Memories of Jambo
Friday 19th August 2005, 12:00AM BST.
THE day when a boy fell into the gorilla enclosure at Jersey Zoo in 1984 and was protected by Jambo the silverback male was relived yesterday in a special way.
Levan Merritt, who was five at the time of the incident, made a return visit to the Zoo to be filmed for ITV’s ‘This Morning’ programme, broadcast today.
He was reunited with former ambulanceman Brian Fox, who had carried him to safety after he had fallen into the gorilla enclosure – a meeting this week which both men clearly enjoyed.
Sadly, because Jambo died in 1992, it was not possible for Levan to call in on his old friend who had treated him so considerately when he fell in front of him on that day in 1986.
As Levan returned to the gorilla enclosure this week, though, he was able to admire Ya Kwanza, the silverback gorilla who has replaced Jambo as head of the group.