Chilling Photos From History Explained

Rare Collection | August 24, 2019

In 1996, Binti Jua, an 8-year-old female Western lowland gorilla, tended to a 3-year-old boy

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Most stories about children who fall into an animal pin in the zoo end horribly, but when a toddler fell into a gorilla’s enclosure at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois she was kept safe safe and sound by Binti Jua, an 8-year-old female. The child suffered a gash on their face and they broke their hand after a 24 foot fall.

Binta Jua seemed to understand the drill, and while cradling the boy she walked it to her enclosure’s service door and handed it off to the zoo officials. Binta Jua is still alive today and she’s a fan favorite among the crowds at the zoo. 

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Jacob Shelton


Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.