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  • Gorilla killing: 3-year-old boy's mother won't be charged

    06/06/2016 3:35:07 PM PDT · by Bon mots · 33 replies
    The mother of the 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo will not face charges... Excerpted because it's the Clinton News Network...→ FULL STORY...
  • NBC Chief Jokes That She’d Throw Her Kid Into Gorilla Enclosure

    06/01/2016 7:41:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 1, 2016 | Carlos Greer
    NBC News chief Deborah Turness offered up her 3-year-old daughter to break into zoo enclosures as motivation for the news team to come up with more creative suggestions to cover the horrific Harambe controversy. SNIP “She asked, ‘Shall I strap a GoPro to my 3-year-old and let her go to the Bronx Zoo and try to see how easily she can get into enclosures?’' SNIP
  • Racism has found its way into the Cincinnati Zoo saga

    06/01/2016 12:48:54 PM PDT · by Reddy · 39 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 05/31/16 | Shaun King
    As you have likely heard, on this past Saturday a 4-year-old boy fell into the gorilla habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo. A gut-wrenching decision was made by the zoo to shoot and kill the gorilla to protect the boy and rescue him from the habitat. The fallout over the incident has taken a decidedly racist turn as the public has now discovered that the boy and his parents are black. Laura Collins, in Cincinnati writing for the Daily Mail, published an absolutely despicable piece on the young boy’s parents, including every detail of his father’s criminal history.As you have likely...
  • What Harambe the gorilla tells us about our culture

    06/01/2016 7:02:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | may 30, 2016 | Kristi Burton Brown
    Over Memorial Day weekend, the internet has been exploding with comments, articles, and rants related to the death of Harambe, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. While the entire situation was harrowing, terrifying, and tragic, what many of these vocalized opinions reveal about our culture is infinitely troubling. There’s not a legitimate debate over whether the little boy who crawled and fell into Harambe’s habitat would have died if the gorilla hadn’t been shot. CNN reported: Officials made the decision to shoot Harambe because the boy was in “imminent danger.” They feared a tranquilizer would take too long...
  • Justice for Harambe !

    05/30/2016 2:30:30 PM PDT · by traumer · 96 replies
    I am no radical but I signed it....
  • Killing Harambe the Gorilla to Save a 'White Boy' Was 'Racist' Move According to Outcry

    05/30/2016 6:05:01 PM PDT · by drewh · 118 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | May 30, 2016 | Carmine Sabia
    On Saturday a four-year old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Sadly the gorilla, named Harambe, was shot and killed by zoo officials to save the life of the child, sparking outrage on social media. The most ludicrous of the objections came from those who actually believed the gorilla was killed because of racism. Conservative author and commentator Mark Dice uncovered some of the most outrageous tweets, including a slew that referred to the child as a “white boy” and one that called the killing an act of “white privilege.” As Dice pointed out in his...
  • Black Lives Matter Says Cincinnati Gorilla Shooting Racist! Hilarious Phone Call!

    06/01/2016 7:45:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    MrMadness Sotomayor ^ | May 31, 2016 | Tommy Sotomayor
    Black Lives Matter Says Cincinnati Gorilla Shooting Racist! Hilarious Phone Call! Tommy Sotomayor commentary on Gorilla...warning language. video only on link
  • Parents-of-four whose son fell into zoo enclosure sparking killing of Harambe the gorilla

    05/31/2016 7:45:08 AM PDT · by traumer · 54 replies
    These are the parents of the four-year-old boy whose 15-feet fall into the gorilla exhibit moat in Cincinnati Zoo resulted in the death of 17-year-old silverback gorilla, Harambe. Seen here for the first time is mother Michelle Gregg, 32, who has four children by father Deonne Dickerson, 36, a man who, Daily Mail Online can disclose, has a lengthy criminal history. Criminal filings against Dickerson stretch over a decade and include burglary, firearms offences, drug trafficking, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and kidnap. In 2006 he was sentenced to one year behind bars for a drug trafficking conviction. But in numerous...
  • You Just Can’t Make Some People Happy

    06/01/2016 4:49:58 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-1-2016 | MOTUS
    I know, I know; Harambe was a magnificent beast - who didn’t deserve to die. So why did he have to die?Because #BlackLivesMatter, idiot.Apparently you just can’t make some people happy.Posted from: Michelle Obama’s Mirror
  • NY Times: Trump, 800-Pound Media Gorilla, Pounds His Chest at Reporters

    05/31/2016 8:15:49 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 31, 2016 | James Poniewozik
    At a news conference in Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, the presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump shared his thoughts about the political press and Harambe, the gorilla that Cincinnati Zoo officials shot and killed after a small child wandered into his enclosure. Mr. Trump had nicer things to say about the gorilla.
  • Criminal Charges Possible In Killing of Cincinnati Gorilla (liberals/Reuters gone wild!)

    05/31/2016 7:42:16 PM PDT · by drewh · 74 replies
    Reuters News Wire ^ | Tue May 31, 2016 10:22pm EDT | CINCINNATI | BY GINNY MCCABE
    Police may bring criminal charges over a Cincinnati Zoo incident in which a gorilla was killed to rescue a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into its enclosure, a prosecutor said on Tuesday. The death of Harambe, a 450-pound (200-kg) gorilla, also prompted the animal rights group Stop Animal Exploitation Now to file a negligence complaint on Tuesday against the zoo with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The group is seeking the maximum penalty of $10,000. The group said in its complaint letter that the child's ability to get past the barrier was proof the zoo was negligent and should be...
  • Jack Hanna: I’d bet my life that gorilla would have killed the child had zookeepers not stopped it

    05/31/2016 5:16:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 31, 2016 | Allahpundit
    (TWEETS-AT-LINK) “But no moment came.” Right. There’s a reason for that. If you can’t spare the time to watch the whole clip, skip to 3:20 below and watch from there until around 10:00. Hanna starts by talking about another gorilla-meets-child incident that’s being revisited today, an encounter in 1996 in which a three-year-old fell into the gorilla pen at a Chicago zoo — and was rescued by a female gorilla, who handed the child over to zookeepers. If that gorilla didn’t hurt that child, critics are wondering, why didn’t Harambe get the benefit of the doubt this week by Cincinnati’s...
  • Harambe and the GorillaLivesMatter Movement that needs tranquilizing

    05/31/2016 4:44:18 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 49 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-31-16 | Wordsmith
    Over the weekend, social media was abuzz with outrage over the killing of Harambe, a 17-year-old male Western lowland silverback gorilla. There's a "gorillalivesmatter" movement afoot, including the hashtag #JusticeForHarambe. Just look at the comment from some moral dullard named Edwin Morales as example: Awful Huffpost! Because of the mother's lack of vigilance and attention towards her own child, this Gorilla had to die. Putting humans lives over animals is never right, especially not after that gorilla was taken away from his home to be shown off to the world as part of some circus (zoo) Initial reaction of social...
  • FOX NEWS Whitewashes Race from Gorilla Story

    05/31/2016 2:21:33 PM PDT · by AnthonySoprano · 140 replies
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  • Animal Rights Protesters Jump Barricade, Interrupt Sanders Rally in Oakland

    05/31/2016 12:22:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/31 | Kristofer Noceda, Pete Suratos and Lisa Fernandez
    Video appears to show the Secret Service strike one of the barricade jumpers with a night stickAnimal rights protesters jumped barricades at a Bernie Sanders rally late Monday in Oakland, California, accusing the candidate of falling short in his efforts to fight "factory farming." The Democratic presidential hopeful was addressing supporters at Frank Ogawa Plaza at City Hall when five people in their 20s and 30s hopped over barricades and attempted to rush the podium before Secret Service agents escorted them away. Agents also surrounded Sanders. The group identified itself as the Bay Area-based "Direct Action Everywhere," or DXE. Spokesman...
  • Reporter Asks Trump About Cincinnati Gorilla, Is Shamed

    05/31/2016 10:53:51 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 61 replies
    politico.com ^ | 05/31/16
    Usually when reporters ask about the gorilla in the room, it's not an actual gorilla. Not so Tuesday, when between reporter queries about his potential running mate and his policies on veterans' health care, Donald Trump fielded a question from Yahoo News reporter Hunter Walker asking the presumptive Republican nominee on his thoughts regarding the Cincinnati Zoo's decision to shoot and kill a rare gorilla after a 4-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. ... But on Twitter, where media wars are often begun and settled, Walker's fellow scribes saw fit to pillory him for the question.
  • The Politics of the Gorilla Story

    05/31/2016 12:35:44 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 67 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 5-31-2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We're gonna get to the gorilla business. That's easily explained, too. Folks, you remember when the two fish, what kind of fish were they, I keep thinking dolphins or porpoises, way back in the nineties, a couple of them got caught in sea ice, way far north of where they should have been, and the whole country became captivated with, will they find their way out? What can we do? Can we cut holes in the ice so that the porpoise, the dolphins, whatever they were, can we guide them out? Can we do something? Can we...
  • It’s a gorilla, get over it

    05/31/2016 11:19:37 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 63 replies
    National Post ^ | May 31, 2016 | Christie Blatchford
    It’s getting so there’s nothing to parody anymore. Is it not galling enough that the death of any human being with any sort of profile is marked by a ghastly memorial of flowers and stuffed animals (that these maudlin displays have been around so long now they’re the furthest thing from “makeshift” doesn’t preclude that still being the favoured descriptor), a demand for a change in some law or another and a vigil or two? Now, as an American blogger named Matt Walsh tweeted Monday, “A vigil for a freaking gorilla. God help this country.” (I felt Walsh’s pain. In...
  • Trump: Cincinnati Zoo didn’t “have a choice” to kill gorilla Harambe

    05/31/2016 10:30:40 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 83 replies
    WHIO ^ | 5/31/16
    Donald Trump said the Cincinnati Zoo didn’t “have a choice” when it killed Harambe, the gorilla that held a young boy who jumped into the exhibit on Saturday. “I think it’s a very tough call,” Trump said during a press conference. “It was amazing because there were moments with the gorilla, the way he held the child, it was almost like a mother holding a baby. It looked so beautiful and calm.” Harambe was killed after it dragged the 4-year-old boy who’d crawled through a barrier and fell into the Gorilla World enclosure. Several news organizations, including CNN, reported the...
  • After screams of racism over gorilla being shot for a ‘white kid,’ meet his parents

    05/31/2016 8:06:50 AM PDT · by MNDude · 66 replies
    here are an awful lot of people who ended up with egg on their face late Monday. The Daily Mail revealed Facebook photos of the couple who they reported as the parents of the inquisitive little four-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla habitat Saturday, resulting in the shooting death of the gorilla in order to save the life of the child. This happened at the Cincinnati Zoo, and one of the zoo-goers captured heart-pounding video of the boy’s life-and-death struggle with the gorilla. Liberals and Black Lives Matter activists took to social media to call the shooting of the...
  • ‘Shooting an endangered animal is worse than murder’: Grief over gorilla’s death turns to outrage

    05/30/2016 12:30:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 132 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/30/2016
    for the boy’s parents to be punished for not adequately supervising their child. A Facebook page called “Justice for Harambe” received more than 41,000 “likes” within hours of its creation. The page’s description says it was created to “raise awareness of Harambe’s murder” and includes YouTube tributes and memes celebrating the western lowland gorilla and admonishing zoo officials. “Shooting an endangered animal is worse than murder,” a commenter from Denmark named Per Serensen wrote on the page. “Soooo angry.” Lt. Steve Saunders, a spokesman for the Cincinnati Police Department, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that they have no plans to charge...
  • Black Outrage Over Gorilla Shot To Protect ‘White Privilege’. Just One Problem . . .

    05/30/2016 10:17:38 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 98 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 May 2016 | James Delingpole
    Do you feel strongly about Harambe, the hapless gorilla executed by Cincinnati zoo to protect the life of the four-year old child Isaiah whose stupid, irresponsible parents allowed him to crawl into the gorilla’s pen?Well I do too. Especially when you realise – at least by some accounts – that the gorilla was actually trying to protect the child not kill it. But I don’t think in the outrage stakes any of us can quite compete with the angry black people in social media forums who have been blaming the incident on entrenched white privilege.
  • Killing of gorilla to save boy at Ohio zoo sparks outrage

    05/29/2016 2:38:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 140 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 29, 2016 | Barbara Goldberg
    The killing of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 4-year-old boy tumbled into the ape's enclosure triggered outrage and questions about safety, but zoo officials called the decision to use lethal force a tough but necessary choice. More than 2,000 people signed a petition on Change.org that sharply criticized the Cincinnati Police Department and the zoo for putting down the animal and called for the child's parents to be "held accountable for their actions of not supervising their child." Cincinnati police on Sunday said the parents had not been charged, but that charges could eventually be sought by...
  • (Cincinnati) Zoo: Gorilla killed after dragging boy who fell into exhibit; child hospitalized

    05/28/2016 4:42:31 PM PDT · by xzins · 147 replies
    WCPO ^ | 28 May 16 | WCPO Staff
    CINCINNATI – A gorilla was killed after it dragged a 3-year-old boy that fell into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Saturday, Zoo Director Thane Maynard said. The boy was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Police and EMTs were called to the zoo at about 4 p.m. for reports that a gorilla was "slamming the child into the wall." Maynard said the boy crawled through a barrier and landed in the moat. He was walking and splashing. Harambe, a 17-year-old male gorilla weighing more than 400 pounds, picked up the boy, Maynard said....
  • Mayor calls Michelle Obama 'gorilla face,' won't resign

    07/16/2015 10:05:56 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 105 replies
    Sun Times ^ | Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | Chad Merda
    A mayor in Washington state says he won’t resign after he called First Lady Michelle Obama “gorilla face,” insisting that would mean he’s admitting he’s racist. Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing confirmed to KHQ-6, NBC’s Spokane affiliate, that he indeed did make the offensive statement on his Facebook page, but brushed it off as playful banter between he and his friends. “Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that,” Rushing wrote. “The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.” He’s tried to brush it off as “playful back and forth banter that my friends...
  • The Voyage of Hanno [The Periplus of Hanno]

    02/15/2015 10:41:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Metrum ^ | circa 1979 | Livio Catullo Stecchini
    In describing a volcanic eruption from a high mountain towering over the sea Hanno mentions such details as sulphuric fumes and streams of lava. The only volcanic area in West Africa is represented by Mount Cameroon, which is still active today. It is located at the deepest point of the Gulf of Guinea, where it rises suddenly from the seashore, reaching a height of over 4000 meters... Those who have seen it from the sea consider it one of the most impressive sights in the world. The natives call it Mongana-Loba, "Mountain of the Gods," which well agrees with the...
  • GOP Activist Says Michelle Obama Resembles Gorilla

    11/16/2014 5:41:21 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 75 replies
    Addicting Info ^ | 15NOV2014 | Ryan Denson
    No, no, no, Republicans aren’t racist. What on Earth would make you think that? In another “isolated incident,” prominent South Carolina Republican Rusty DePass likened an escaped gorilla to First Lady Michelle Obama on his Facebook page. Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, South Carolina, DePass commented: “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.” When DePass was busted by online bloggers, he expressed embarrassment and apologized, saying: “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.” But...
  • When A Gorilla Saw The Man Who Raised Him, 5 Years Later

    11/05/2014 7:29:23 AM PST · by navysealdad · 14 replies
    Conservationist Damian Aspinall searches for Kwibi, a lowland gorilla he hasn't seen for 5 years. Kwibi grew up with Damian at his Howletts Wild Animal Park in England. When he was five, he was released into the forests of Gabon, West Africa as part of conservation programme to re-introduce gorillas back into the wild. Now Kwibi's 10 years old, much bigger and stronger.
  • Koko the gorilla mourns the loss of her special friend, Robin Williams (met once 13 years ago)

    09/04/2014 8:04:15 AM PDT · by dead · 45 replies
    Today.com ^ | Aug. 12, 2014 | Laura T. Coffey
    Robin Williams could make anyone laugh — even a gorilla. In fact, the actor forged such a bond with one gorilla that she’s said to be mourning the loss of her friend. Back in 2001, Williams visited the Gorilla Foundation in California and met with Koko, a gorilla who uses American Sign Language to communicate. During their encounter, Williams and Koko laughed, tickled each other and hugged like old friends. On Monday, Koko overheard Dr. Penny Patterson, her mentor and surrogate mother, talking on the phone about Williams’ death. “She became extremely sad,” Patterson wrote on Koko.org. Koko's handlers took...
  • Man Wearing Gorilla Suit Accidentally Shot With Tranquiliser

    06/09/2014 2:00:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Gulf News ^ | June 6, 2014
    Vet mistakenly shoots zookeeper wearing gorilla suit during escape drillA gorilla hides behind a tree at the Loro Parque Zoo in Puerto de La cruz in Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife in this April 15, 2008 file photo. Tenerife: A vet accidentally shot a tranquiliser dart into a zookeeper wearing a gorilla suit. The shooting took place during a drill inside Loro Parque Zoo in Tenerife, Spain, when the veterinarian was apparently unaware that the gorilla on the loose was in fact an employee wearing a suit, agencies reported. The victim was shot with a tranquiliser dart with a dose...
  • Man in gorilla suit shot with tranquilizer dart at Tenerife zoo

    06/05/2014 10:28:51 AM PDT · by billorites · 41 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 5, 2014 | Harriet Alexander
    Frantic zoo keepers in Tenerife rushed to call an ambulance after a vet shot a tranquilizer dart at a man dressed as a gorilla. Police on the Spanish island received a call from a panicked member of the public, who said that a gorilla had escaped from its pen in Loro Park zoo, and was seen running around the theme park. A vet was called, and on spotting the creature fired a tranquilizer dart at its leg with enough sedative to fell a 200kg beast. But to his horror, the vet - who had only been in the job for...
  • Fed up gorilla gives taunting kids at the zoo a scare they won't soon forget (VIDEO at LINK)

    06/25/2013 5:45:03 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 June 2013 | Joshua Gardner
    A group of kids made brazen by protective glass decided to taunt a zoo gorilla, but video shows the tables turn when the annoyed primate gets his revenge. Nothing tragic went down at the Dallas Zoo’s western lowland gorilla exhibit. But one of the giant apes decided to put a scare in some visiting children who just wouldn’t leave it alone. ‘You ugly,’ yell the kids at the gorilla, whose species can weigh up to 400 pounds.
  • Vintage U.S. Navy Photo: "Beauty and the Beast" - Panama City, 6th November 1945

    06/24/2013 7:05:32 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    Retronaut ^ | November 1945 | Retronaut
    “Jada were a popular night club act at Club Lido in Panama City. Not surprisingly, her routine was entitled “Beauty and the Beast”. She is shown here performing for the sailors of the US Task Force 11, while they were on leave. The troops were on their way to New York City to participate in Navy Day celebrations, but made a stop before passing through the Panama Canal.”
  • Stolen 800-pound gorilla statue found

    12/27/2012 8:01:40 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 18 replies
    upi ^ | Dec. 26, 2012
    ORLANDO, Fla., - Police in Florida said they have recovered an 800-pound bronze gorilla statue stolen last month from a hotel. Orlando police said the statue, valued at between $5,000 and $8,000, was stolen before Thanksgiving from The Metropolitan Express hotel and was discovered on the doorstep of Giovani Alba, who lives about 4 miles from the hotel at The Towns Of Southgate Complex, WKMG-TV, Orlando, reported Wednesday. "I came home it scared me, the gorilla on my doorstep" Alba said. Alba said a friend discovered the gorilla under some brush while walking his dog in the complex and hauled...
  • Gorilla in Prague Zoo accidentally hangs himself

    07/27/2012 10:03:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 27, 2012
    PRAGUE (AP) -- A gorilla has died in the Prague Zoo after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope, zoo officials said Friday. The zoo said in a statement that 5-year-old Tatu was found hanging with a rope around his neck Friday morning in a sleeping room.
  • Gorillas filmed performing amazing feat of intellectual ability

    07/24/2012 7:44:59 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 28 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | July 23, 2012 | Bob Yirka
    Researchers working in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda have filmed gorillas dismantling snares set by poachers to catch smaller game. Previously, anecdotal evidence had suggested that silverback gorillas had been seen dismantling snares. In this instance it was two young blackback, mountain gorillas that were involved. The team, part of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund's Karisoke Research Center, filmed first a silverback motioning towards the snare. Next, two young male blackbacks arrived on the scene, surveyed the situation, then proceeded to take apart the snare, avoiding being caught in it in the process.
  • Gorilla Genome Is Bad News for Evolution

    03/14/2012 6:35:40 AM PDT · by fishtank · 16 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 3-9-2012 | Jeffrey Tomkins
    Gorilla Genome Is Bad News for Evolution by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * Evolutionists have long maintained that modern primate species (including, in their view, humans) are branches on an evolutionary tree that lead back to a common ancestor. But the recent news of the published genome sequence for the gorilla in the journal Nature adds more solid data to the growing problem facing the current model of primate evolution.1 This problem is related to a biological paradigm called independent lineage sorting. To illustrate this concept among humans and primates, some segments of human DNA seem more related to gorilla DNA...
  • Gorilla settles in with rabbit roommate

    ERIE, Pa., -- Zookeepers in Erie, Pa., say their lonely lowland gorilla has taken to her new pet bunny quickly. "Right off the bat, they hit it off," Erie Zoo Director Cindy Kreider said about Samantha, a 47-year-old gorilla who now has a long-eared pal named Panda to keep her company. Panda was gradually introduced to Samantha's world as a companion after her old buddy Rudy died in 2005. Keepers figured Samantha was too old and fragile to deal with another gorilla, but a rabbit wouldn't cause any harm and would break the ape's solitude. "To have something sharing their...
  • The ups and downs of living with a gorilla

    12/31/2011 6:17:11 PM PST · by decimon · 36 replies
    BBC ^ | December 31, 2011
    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...
  • Michelle Obama tweets -- and celebrates

    10/21/2011 1:59:51 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies
    LA Times blog ^ | 10/21/10 | Amy Hubbard
    It's being referred to as First Lady Michelle Obama's first official tweet, though she's tweeted before (kind of). The first lady tweeted solo for the first time Wednesday night before the first pitch was thrown at Game One of the World Series. After asking a few technical questions, she pushed the right laptop buttons and sent out her tweet pushing her "Joining Forces" agenda, giving hope to all Twitter-challenged people in America. "I did it!" she said, raising her hands in the air triumphantly. The tweet: "Military families serve our nation too. Let's show our appreciation by Joining Forces with...
  • Banana at Large After Attacking Gorilla in Strongsville

    07/08/2011 9:23:21 AM PDT · by Lmo56 · 12 replies
    Fox 8 - Cleveland ^ | 7/8/11 | Melissa Reid
    STRONGSVILLE, Ohio— There is a banana at large in Strongsville. Police say that someone dressed up as a banana and attacked the Wireless Center's mascot, a gorilla, last week. "I noticed a kid in the bushes. Then he just emerged, dressed up as a banana, and sprinted as fast as he could at our gorilla," said Brandon Parham, the manager. "The kid just speared our gorilla." Parham and another employee witnessed the attack. "The kid was in mid-air, flying. He just looked like a Spartan from that movie '300,' except he was a banana," added Parham. The Wireless Center uses...
  • VIDEO: Ambam the Gorilla Walks Upright

    01/28/2011 7:03:37 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 27, 2011 | pangeaprogressblog
    A gorilla has achieved fame for walking upright on his hind legs like a human at a British animal park. Ambam, a Western lowland gorilla, was filmed strolling about his enclosure by animal researcher Johanna Watson. She posted the clip on YouTube, where it has been viewed by more than 250,000 people. Ambam, a 21-year-old silverback, is part of a bachelor group of the critically endangered animals at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, which is run by an international conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation. Gorilla that walks like a man Gorilla keeper Phil Ridges said Ambam, who now weighs 485...
  • Police: Man stabbed by person in gorilla suit

    WEST PAWLET, Vt. -- Vermont State Police are investigating a Sunday night incident in which a Vermont man said he was stabbed by a person wearing a gorilla suit, police said. The incident happened at 8:20 p.m. on New Street, just over the New York state line from Granville, according to Vermont State Police. The victim told police he heard someone at his front door and opened it expecting a trick-or-treater, police said. Instead, he found a man who was nearly 6 feet tall and wearing a gorilla suit, who stuck him with a "small, needle-like device" and fled, police...
  • Cerebral Malaria May Have Passed From Gorillas To Us

    09/27/2010 7:53:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 22, 2010 | Katie Alcock
    Humans may have originally caught malaria from gorillas, scientists say... researchers from the US, three African countries, and Europe have examined malaria parasites in great ape faeces. They found the DNA from western gorilla parasites was the most similar to human parasites. Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, and is carried by mosquitoes. The most common species found in Africa, Plasmodium falciparum, causes dangerous cerebral malaria. Over 800,000 people die from malaria each year in the continent. Until now, scientists had assumed that when the evolutionary tree of humans split off from that of chimpanzees -- around five...
  • Gorillas use their smarts to help research on their hearts

    03/30/2010 5:34:45 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 2 replies · 163+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 30, 2010 | Dewayne Bevil
    Gino the gorilla knows the drill. He reaches way up with his left hand and puts his right hand out to the side. When his keeper asks, he pushes his right leg out and presses his left thigh and chest against the crisscrossed bars of his enclosure. He knows that striking this unusual pose — it looks like an upright round of Twister — earns him a treat. He doesn’t know that the ultrasound machine rolled up to the bars will collect information that could help gorillas beyond his Disney’s Animal Kingdom home. The animal-programs team at Walt Disney World...
  • Inflatable gorilla causes fire at strip center

    01/29/2010 10:23:52 AM PST · by humblegunner · 25 replies · 711+ views
    ABC13.com ^ | Thursday, January 28, 2010 | Staff
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A fire on Houston's south side is being blamed on an unusual suspect. Firefighters say an inflatable gorilla is to blame. The flames sparked around 2am off Cullen near the South Beltway. Firefighters found a small fire. After they put it out, they spotted the problem.
  • 'Gorilla incident' at hospital has some trustees citing racism

    09/27/2009 9:10:48 AM PDT · by kingattax · 54 replies · 2,499+ views
    The Times and Democrat ^ | September 25, 2009 | GENE ZALESKI
    A hospital employee dressed in a gorilla costume and passing out bananas to the sounds of “Hail to the Chief” may have been an effort to recognize employees for a job well done, but some Regional Medical Center trustees are calling the incident offensive and racist. Trustees Betty Henderson and Dr. Oscar Butler Jr. called for greater sensitivity and diversity training opportunities on the part of hospital staff and employees to ensure a similar incident does not reoccur. “I know in the beginning in six days God created the earth and on the seventh day he made man,” Henderson said....
  • Zell: Use Gorilla Glue on Obama’s chair

    07/16/2009 4:55:48 PM PDT · by takenoprisoner · 31 replies · 1,106+ views
    AJC ^ | July 16,2009 | Aaron Gould Sheinin
    "Decrying a federal government he says is out of control, former Georgia Gov. and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller said Thursday that America is “spending like we’re Paris Hilton.” But the comparison to the blonde socialite might not be the worst offense in Miller’s litany of all that’s wrong with the country. Speaking to more than 1,000 conservative - overwhelmingly Republican - lawmakers from around the country, Miller said, “Today, we’re spending like we’re Paris Hilton, regulating like we’re Ralph Nader, nationalizing like we’re Hugo Chavez, printing money like we’re the Weimar Republic and taxing like we’re, well, the Democratic Congress.”
  • Tourist Snaps Picture of Gorilla Wielding Knife at Calgary Zoo (video)

    06/18/2009 12:28:12 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 1,283+ views
    CTV ^ | June 18, 2009
    "You see that it's a knife, but you think it's not possible there's a knife inside."
  • South Carolina pol: Sorry for comparing Michelle Obama to gorilla

    06/14/2009 10:04:33 PM PDT · by melt · 72 replies · 4,528+ views
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - A former chairman of the South Carolina Election Commission has apologized after his posting on Facebook suggested a gorilla that escaped form a Columbia zoo was an ancestor of first lady Michelle Obama. Minutes after the gorilla’s escape was reported Friday, Rusty DePass posted: "I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors — probably harmless." The comment has since been deleted, but DePass confirmed to WIS-TV that he made it, apologizing and saying it was a joke about statements Obama has made about evolution. DePass is a former chairman of the Richland County Republican Party. He didn’t...