Brookfield Baby Gorilla Related To Zoo Heroine

Infant's grandmother is the famous gorilla that saved a child years ago

By Haley BeMiller
|  Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013  |  Updated 12:50 PM CDT
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From the Archives: Gorilla Protects Boy

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From the Archives: Gorilla Protects Boy

On Aug. 16, 1996, a 3-year-old boy fell into the gorilla's den at the Brookfield Zoo. A female, Binti Jua, protected the boy from other animals until zookeepers could rescue him.
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It's safe to say Brookfield Zoo's new baby gorilla has the best grandma ever.

The newborn is the grandbaby of Binti, the gorilla famous for saving a child at Brookfield Zoo back in 1996. The drama unfolded when a 3-year-old fell 18 feet into the gorilla den. Many zoogoers thought Binti would eat the young boy, but instead she picked him up and guarded him from the other primates.

The kind-hearted heroine was eventually named Newsweek's Hero of the Year and one of People's most intriguing people.

Binti is 25 years old but was only 8 when she saved the little boy. She is mom to the baby's mother, Koola.

If this newborn's gene pool wasn't already amazing enough, there's more. The baby's father, JoJo, is reportedly one of the most genetically valuable males in the zoo population.

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