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22-stone Guy the Gorilla grabbed the hand of seven-year-old Kenneth Keegan during a visit

22-stone Guy the Gorilla grabbed the hand of seven-year-old Kenneth Keegan during a visit


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22-stone Guy the Gorilla grabbed the hand of seven-year-old Kenneth Keegan during a visit

22-stone Guy the Gorilla grabbed the hand of seven-year-old Kenneth Keegan during a visit to London Zoo. Horrified spectators saw the Gorilla pull the boy towards him as he screamed. Kenneth was saved by Guys neighbour, Abena the Chimpanzee who spat at Guy, casing him to drop the boys hand. 18th June 1956

Lea, Tommy, Garnade, Louis
Daily Mirror
Mirrorpix
London
Greater London
England
DM H6035

Media ID 21795458

© Mirrorpix

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An Unforgettable Encounter - A Heart-Stopping Moment at London Zoo in 1956

EDITORS COMMENTS
. In this photo print, we are transported back to the enchanting world of London Zoo in the 1950s. The image captures a spine-chilling incident that unfolded on the 18th of June, forever etched in history. Seven-year-old Kenneth Keegan's innocent visit took an unexpected turn when he found himself face-to-face with Guy, a colossal gorilla weighing an astonishing 22-stone. Horrified spectators watched as Guy gripped young Kenneth's hand tightly, causing panic and screams to fill the air. But fate had other plans for this gripping encounter. In a remarkable twist of events, Abena, Guy's neighbor and fellow primate resident, came to the rescue. With incredible bravery and instinctive protectiveness towards her human friend, Abena spat forcefully at Guy. Startled by this unexpected intervention, Guy released his grip on Kenneth's trembling hand. This extraordinary moment showcases not only the immense strength and power possessed by these majestic creatures but also their capacity for empathy and compassion. It serves as a reminder that even within nature's wildest realms, bonds can be formed between species. Preserved through time by Memory Lane Prints' meticulous curation process, this photograph transports us back to an era where humans were humbled by nature's wonders. It stands as a testament to both our fascination with animals and our shared responsibility to protect them—ensuring future generations can

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