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The ups and downs of living with a gorilla
BBC ^ | December 31, 2011

Posted on 12/31/2011 6:17:11 PM PST by decimon

The Thivillons have been caring for Digit the gorilla for more than a decade, but having a primate at home throws up some unlikely problems.

In a village near Lyon in south-east France, a couple have become local celebrities by virtue of their adopted child.

Digit, as she is known, is a gorilla and has been living in the same room as Pierre and Elaine Thivillon for nearly 13 years.

Their relationship began in 1999, when the young primate came into the care of the couple, who manage the zoo at Saint Martin la Plaine where she was born.

Within three days of her birth, it was clear that Digit's mother Pamela was refusing to feed her. The Thivillons took her into their care, bottle-feeding her during the day and returning her to her enclosure at night.

By 18 months old, the baby gorilla had begun to show a deep attachment to her foster parents. After an illness left her requiring 24-hour care, Pierre and Elaine took her into their bedroom at night, where she has slept ever since.

For the first 10 years, she snuggled up between the couple, but now at 130kg (287lbs) she has to have a bed of her own.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: gorilla

1 posted on 12/31/2011 6:17:16 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

People are weird.


2 posted on 12/31/2011 6:20:18 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: decimon

Nope. Ain’t sayin’ it. Wouldn’t be prudent.


3 posted on 12/31/2011 6:21:08 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: decimon

I wouldn’t advise breaking into their apartment.


4 posted on 12/31/2011 6:21:41 PM PST by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: decimon

I tried it and divorced him. LOL


5 posted on 12/31/2011 6:23:11 PM PST by dforest
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To: decimon

Having a pet gorilla is one of my fantasy pets.

If it weren’t for all the shiat that would be laying about my place...


6 posted on 12/31/2011 6:24:02 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: decimon

Just wait till some fool decides to break into their house in the middle of the night.


7 posted on 12/31/2011 6:26:16 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: decimon

Well at least we have an answer to the question “Where does a gorilla sleep?”


8 posted on 12/31/2011 6:28:23 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: decimon

Living with my ex wife wasn’t exactly a picnic.


9 posted on 12/31/2011 6:31:43 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: decimon

Uh............NO!


10 posted on 12/31/2011 6:36:04 PM PST by Ditter
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To: decimon

Unfair to the gorilla and also unfair to the neighbors of these people. As far as I know, gorillas aren’t as aggressive as chimpanzees but are even more powerful. As much as these people might believe this gorilla is a loving member of the family, it’s still an undomesticated animal with far more intelligence than any pit bull and enough strength to tear an entire NFL team limb from limb. All it takes is one bad afternoon some day and this gorilla can perform more carnage than a small bomb.


11 posted on 12/31/2011 6:53:15 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: BenLurkin

I had the MOver/Under for this thread at 4, but you were probably wise ;)


12 posted on 12/31/2011 7:02:05 PM PST by mikrofon (Happy New Year !)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek; SunkenCiv; blam

I dunno. If you look at the photo, the three seem to be on the same page about life. British life, anyway, with a stiff upper chin.


13 posted on 12/31/2011 7:04:25 PM PST by txhurl (Perry/Pence 2012 OR Perry/Ryan 2012 or even better Perry/Abbott 2012!)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
Kinda like the mooselimb that killed his entire family and others on Christmas day? This animal might be dead if not for these caring people but instead it has experienced love and affection and what seems to be a quality life. Many primates live long and fulfilling lives with their humans.
14 posted on 12/31/2011 7:11:04 PM PST by 1FreeAmerican
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To: decimon
Gorillas have some language skills and self awareness. My worry is if she suffers some mental or emotional confusion ala Alzheimer's with age.

In the meantime, anyone who breaks in to that place will discover how massively strong a gorilla is compared to a human (ie, about 8x).

15 posted on 12/31/2011 7:44:05 PM PST by piytar (The Obama Depression. Say it early, say it often. Why? Because it's TRUE.)
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To: decimon

If she can open a beer and make a ham sandwich, why not!


16 posted on 12/31/2011 8:25:13 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Maine Mariner
"Well at least we have an answer to the question “Where does a gorilla sleep?” "

That still leaves the question about what he does in the woods...or...is that a bear?

17 posted on 12/31/2011 9:35:25 PM PST by blam
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To: txhurl

Je crois qu’ils sont francais, n’est-ce pas?
IOW I think they are French. :-)


18 posted on 12/31/2011 9:37:20 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: blam
That still leaves the question about what he does in the woods...or...is that a bear?

Judging by what I've seen them do in zoos, they fling it at people for fun.
19 posted on 12/31/2011 9:38:42 PM PST by aruanan
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To: txhurl; decimon; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks txhurl. I didn’t even know Lloyd Bridges was still alive.


20 posted on 01/01/2012 12:00:27 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Their home is part of a zoo so the neighbors have a lot of animals to worry about. If they have any worries about it at all.


21 posted on 01/01/2012 12:19:00 AM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Jonty30

Gorillas pretty much hold it in.


22 posted on 01/01/2012 1:47:06 AM PST by Krankor ( spare time.)
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To: decimon

Edger Allen Poe wrote the book on this.


23 posted on 01/01/2012 2:31:19 AM PST by B.Lyle
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To: Jonty30

I think this couple are lucky indeed. Too bad they’re not younger and can see Digit into “womanhood.”


24 posted on 01/01/2012 7:10:06 AM PST by Scarpetta (e pluribus victim)
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To: Scarpetta
The ups and downs of living with a gorilla

Aren't they living with the equivalent of a 287 pound two-year-old?
25 posted on 01/01/2012 7:12:00 AM PST by aruanan
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To: indylindy

You were married to my ex? ;-)


26 posted on 01/01/2012 9:17:52 AM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.))
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To: cripplecreek

but I am sure she was prettier than a gorilla! hehe


27 posted on 01/01/2012 9:41:55 AM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: truthkeeper

I don’t know, here is a photo of him hanging out with a friend. My ex is the furry one! LOL

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/clyde.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-famous-monkeys.php&h=336&w=435&sz=29&tbnid=XI3mhfKW_Ea12M:&tbnh=90&tbnw=117&zoom=1&docid=Gzg0VcvDHbj4FM&sa=X&ei=e50AT4W7EseRgQfbxeSmDw&ved=0CE0Q9QEwBw&dur=1542


28 posted on 01/01/2012 10:05:08 AM PST by dforest
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To: indylindy

Hmmm...that other guy is kind of easy on the eyes. :-)


29 posted on 01/01/2012 11:09:20 AM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.))
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To: truthkeeper

Well, he used to be, anyway. LOL


30 posted on 01/01/2012 11:12:50 AM PST by dforest
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To: TigersEye
Their home is part of a zoo so the neighbors have a lot of animals to worry about. If they have any worries about it at all.

If the rest of the animals are also running around these people's house instead of being kept in secure enclosures, then yeah - the neighbors have a great deal to worry about.
31 posted on 01/01/2012 1:38:23 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Whatever.


32 posted on 01/01/2012 5:38:13 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye
Whatever.

Thanks for your input.
33 posted on 01/02/2012 12:43:42 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

You’re free to ignore the facts. What do I care?


34 posted on 01/02/2012 1:24:31 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye
You’re free to ignore the facts.

What facts?

What do I care?

LOL - you're the one who responded to my post, remember? I didn't come to you asking if you cared about anything.
35 posted on 01/02/2012 4:36:41 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
The fact that their apt is on the zoo grounds and the "neighbors" would have no more concern for Digit getting out of their apt than any other animal in the zoo.

Un gorille dans la famille (1/2)
Early video of Digit in their apt makes it clear it is on zoo grounds.

Zoo near Saint-Martin-la-Plaine, France
Google map showing the Thivillon's address in the center of the animal park.

I tried to educate you but my caring goes only so far. It ends with those who want to be ignorant.

36 posted on 01/02/2012 4:49:51 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye
The fact that their apt is on the zoo grounds and the "neighbors" would have no more concern for Digit getting out of their apt than any other animal in the zoo.

If their apartment is within secure walls or fences which can prevent a gorilla from leaving the zoo grounds, then any damage which might occur if the gorilla acts out will be confined to zoo grounds and to any hapless zoo visitors unfortunate enough to be around at the time. But the video you provided doesn't have details about this. No zoo which allows the possibility of large, dangerous animals roaming freely within zoo grounds is safe.

I tried to educate you but my caring goes only so far. It ends with those who want to be ignorant.

Save the attitude, I'm not interested. Gorillas are rare, highly intelligent and remarkable animals which we should be doing everything in our power to preserve. That does not include dangerous practices like raising them in human households, ruining their ability to live normally with other gorillas (as the article indicates) and making possible a horrific incident in which the animal lashes out in a moment of stress or anger and kills people.
37 posted on 01/02/2012 5:36:31 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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