It was a normal day in 1990, when a chimpanzee called Jo-Jo fell into the water at the Detroit Zoo. The 18 year old chimp was being chased by another chimpanzee. But when the enclosure cable that was designed to keep the primates from falling in failed to do its job, Jo-Jo ended up in the water. The poor chimpanzee started thrashing around in the water helplessly – he was at a risk of losing his life. But nobody did anything.

But that was when a 33 year old truck driver called Rick Swope jumped into action. The man left his family and charged towards the ape enclosure despite all possible threats. He tried to grab the drowning chimpanzee, but in vain. Jo-Jo was 135 pounds, but Rick somehow managed to pull him to the shore on his next try. Chimpanzees are five times stronger than humans, but according to Rick, it was not much of a big deal. Here is what we think Rick – you are a hero!

When Rick entered the zoo, he had no idea that it would turn out to be such a roller-coaster experience. But if it wasn’t for him, who knows what would have happened to the poor primate? His quick thinking saved Jo-Jo’s life, and his actions have been revered by many. Check out the story below and don’t forget to share what you thought about it in the comments section!

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