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A BRITISH man saved by a gorilla after falling into its pen 30 years ago says a US zoo was right to kill silverback Harambe after a similar plunge on Saturday.

Levan Merritt was five when he tumbled into the gorilla enclosure at Jersey Zoo.

His fall sparked a rescue bid by keepers — but did not end with great ape Jambo being shot.

Yet when Isaiah Gregg, 4, fell into the gorilla enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo at the weekend, Superstream after grabbing him and pulling him through water.

In 1986, Levan was approached by Jambo, who stroked his back. He was plucked to safety by two keepers and an ambulance man who shimmied down into the pen, tied him to a harness and winched him out.