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Gorilla pair splits after five years
Posted on 03/29/2004 5:00:36 PM PST by ambrose
Edited on 04/29/2004 2:04:08 AM PDT by Jim Robinson.
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- Five years have passed without the pitter-patter of baby gorilla feet, and zookeepers have decided that Demba and Chaka just aren't working out.
Introduced to each other five years ago at the Philadelphia Zoo amid high reproductive hopes, it's not even clear the gorillas ever mated. That's a big change for Chaka, who had been dubbed "best stud muffin" after fathering eight little ones at Cincinnati's zoo.
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KEYWORDS: gorilla; stud
Chaka, seen in this 1997 photo, will move to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, in May.
posted on 03/29/2004 5:00:37 PM PST
He just didn't turn her on.
"Introduced to each other five years ago at the Philadelphia Zoo amid high reproductive hopes, it's not even clear the gorillas ever mated."
. . . . however it IS clear Lisa Marie and Michael Jackson never mated.
posted on 03/29/2004 5:13:41 PM PST
(“Don’t make me come down there.”)
To: Old Grumpy
"Chaka? That big ape!"
posted on 03/29/2004 5:25:47 PM PST
Maybe they just enjoyed each other's company.
posted on 03/29/2004 5:28:14 PM PST
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It may have been one of those unable-to-share-the-banana splits...
posted on 03/29/2004 5:34:27 PM PST
Maybe there ARE apes that are more discerning than humans...maybe Demba IS just a little pickier than some human females!
posted on 03/29/2004 5:43:19 PM PST
by Maria S
(Assigned parking only...all violators will be towed)
Is there a pre-nup?
Maybe Chaka doesn't like older apes, or maybe it was a personality conflict. We need Koko to translate to be sure.
posted on 03/29/2004 6:06:39 PM PST
( ". . . . I'm making steps. . . . I look at an issue. I'm not afraid to run away from it,")
Don't tell me. The zoologist was a women's studies major, right?
Five years have passed without the pitter-patter of baby gorilla feet, and zookeepers have decided that Demba and Chaka just aren't working out.
Gorillas live for a very long time. Five years is not much to them. Maybe they were just getting started. Or maybe they didn't like being spied on by those ugly shouting naked apes who throw rotten food at them and keep them behind iron bars.
I just can't stand it when scientists try to anthropomorphize animals.
Well...once you stud muffined in the 'Natti, but then you wind up in the City of Brotherly Love.
Were they living together as "partners" or had they made a "marriage commitment"? Studies show tht couples who co-habitate don't stay together. The zookeepers need to encourage these apes into the direction of making a long-term commitment.
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