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To: kindred
Several years ago, I saw a mature male silverback gorilla up close and personal at the Knoxville, Tennessee Zoo (one of the finest in the country) as it sat back against the safety glass in the observation area.

The sheer size, power, and beauty of these animals is simply amazing!

15 posted on 01/05/2008 7:24:36 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (“We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!” --Duncan Hunter)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
I saw a mature male silverback gorilla up close and personal at the Knoxville, Tennessee Zoo (one of the finest in the country) as it sat back against the safety glass in the observation area

I still recall my 18 month old daughter rounding a corner in the ape house at the National Zoo in Washington and coming face to face with a "30 stone" gorilla behind a sheet of safety glass. I think the exhibit is designed for shock value, you round a corner and are confronted by a live gorilla. The effect on pre-toddler was pretty dramatic. (She didn't burst out crying, just pulled up abruptly and recoiled a bit. When Daddy and Mommy didn't show any alarm (after a second) she recovered fine. )

18 posted on 01/05/2008 7:58:16 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Being an idealist excuses nothing. Hitler was an idealist.)
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