Gorillas are truly exquisite animals, and they’re known for their superb intelligence. Despite that fact—or perhaps because of it—they’re not usually considered good animals to keep as pets.
John Daniel the gorilla initially appeared to be quite a bit different. He was lovable, well-behaved, and he even displayed excellent table manners.
Yet, due to forces that were out of his control, something terrible was about to happen. When it did, it shined a light on just how horribly animals could be treated.
John Daniel wasn’t only named like a human—he acted like one. He lived with Rupert’s sister, Alice, and she brought him up similarly to the way one would for a human child. He was a beloved member of the community and would walk with the children of the neighborhood. Sometimes they’d carry him around in a wheelbarrow. He loved to eat and drink, and enjoyed the occasional glass of cider. He had excellent table manners, and like any proper English person at the time, he enjoyed afternoon tea!
As well as some animals may be treated by those who love them, this story just goes to show how quickly things can change in the wrong hands. John Daniel seemed like such a special gorilla, and he certainly deserved a better fate.
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