Dasha Fayvinova
April 29, 2017 1:12 pm
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How far are you willing to go for your love of animals? We’re venturing a guess and saying not as far as Tom Harrison. Tom got dressed as a gorilla and just finished a marathon. But you won’t believe how long it took.

Tom goes by the name Mr. Gorilla and donned the look for the entire 26.2 miles of the London Marathon. If you thought this was just a publicity stunt, you’d be wrong — sort of. The father of two ran the marathon to raise money for The Gorilla Organization, according to the BBC. This excellent charity spearheads numerous projects aimed at protecting the world’s biggest primate from environmental threats.

Who is this gorilla man?

Tom is a police officer from Amersham, the BBC reports. And not only did he put on a heavy gorilla costume for the entire run, he also got down on all fours and crawled. DETAILS PEOPLE, it is all about details!

Tom helpfully kept us all informed throughout his long crawl for gorillas.

Anyone who has ever run a marathon will gladly tell you how hard it is to keep going. And that doesn’t take into consideration a heavy gorilla costume and being on all fours! Tom, you are a real hero. Even the local police chipped in to help Tom hit his goal!

How long did it take?

It took Tom a whopping  6 DAYS. But like they all say, it’s about the journey. In fact, Mr. Gorilla raised over £26,000, or about $33,675 in US dollars, for the organization. That amount greatly surpassed his personal goal of £1,500. Tom is a hero to all of us animal lovers out there. Yet he doesn’t let it go to his head.

Hopefully we get to see more creative ideas such as this at future marathons.

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