Binti Jua, a western lowland gorilla female in the Brookfield Zoo, Illinois is most well known for an incident on August 16, 1996, when she was 8 years old. A three-year old boy climbed the wall around her enclosure and fell 18 ft onto concrete below, unconscious with a broken hand and vicious gash on his face. Spectators screamed, certain the gorilla would harm the child. Binti picked up the child, gave him a few pats and carried him 59 ft to an access entrance so zoo personnel could retrieve him.
Every time a non-human animal shows emotions or intelligence people act all surprised. Should they not have learned by now that the fact we don’t always understand them doesn’t mean that they have nothing to say?
Suddenly the door behind him bursts open and three Peacekeepers spring into the room. Two pin Cinna’s arms behind him and cuff him while the third hits him in the temple with such force he’s knocked to his knees. But they keep hitting him with metal-studded gloves, opening gashes on his face and body. I’m screaming my head off, banging on the unyielding glass, trying to reach him. The Peacekeepers ignore me completely as they drag Cinna’s limp body from the room. All that’s left are the smears of blood on the floor.