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  • 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 · 19 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...
  • Art as Propaganda for Evolution

    04/11/2009 9:21:02 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 106 replies · 1,633+ views
    CEH ^ | April 10, 2009
    Art as Propaganda for Evolution April 10, 2009 — Should a scientific theory be propagated by appeal to scientific evidence, or by appeal to emotions through visualization?  Nature this week contained two articles that shamelessly praised art as propaganda for evolution.  Surprisingly, one of them mentioned Charles Darwin as someone “at the cutting edge of visualization.” Endless Forms:  Carl Zimmer reviewed an exhibit currently at the Yale Center for British Art, Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts.1  The title is taken from the last sentence in the Origin where Darwin said that endless forms most beautiful...
  • Mickey Rourke favors interspecies sex over Courtney Love

    02/14/2009 10:24:52 AM PST · by EveningStar · 27 replies · 1,256+ views
    Cele|bitchy ^ | February 13, 2009 | Celebitchy
    Mickey Rourke was besieged by paparazzi last night, one of whom asked him “is it true you’re going out with Courtney Love?”... Rourke said “I’d rather be on a deserted island with a gorilla.”...
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Discovers "Planet of the Apes" [ 125K gorillas found ]

    08/05/2008 10:49:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 193+ views
    Wildlife Conservation Society ^ | August 2008 | Stephen Sautner, Linda Corcoran, John Delaney
    The new census tallied more than 125,000 western gorillas in two adjacent areas in the northern part of the country, covering an area of 18,000 square miles (47,000 square kilometers). Previous estimates from the 1980s placed the entire population of western lowland gorillas, which occur in seven Central African nations, at fewer than 100,000. Since then, however, scientists had believed that this number had dwindled by at least half, due to hunting and disease... The new census was the result of intensive fieldwork carried out by the Bronx Zoo-based WCS and the Government of Republic of Congo. The researchers combed...
  • HOSP GOES APE OVER TINY TOT: (German) DOCS HEAL GORILLA IN THEIR MIDST

    07/03/2007 3:45:48 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies · 421+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 3, 2007 | CHUCK BENNETT
    Beaten by her father, neglected by her mother, 6-week-old gorilla Mary Zwo seemed destined for tragedy - until kindhearted doctors who normally treat human patients fell for the tiny beauty of a beast. The ailing ape began receiving emergency treatment for dehydration and hypothermia over the weekend after her plight was discovered, German hospital officials said. She was whisked to the pediatric ward of the Muenster University Clinic in Stuttgart after zookeepers found her semiconscious and near death in the arms of her mother. And to the relief of her handlers, Mary Zwo, or Mary Two in English, was finally...
  • Virile Gorilla Leads to Baby Boom at Zoo

    03/14/2007 12:20:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies · 334+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 14, 2007 | unknown
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - For some zookeepers in Amsterdam, Akili turned out to be the gorilla their dreams. The Artis Zoo tried to mate their female gorillas with two other males, but wasn't having much luck in producing offspring. So they turned to Akili, a gorilla from a German safari park. The result was the first birth at the zoo in 10 years. Akili arrived in September 2005 and quickly impregnated Binti, who gave birth Tuesday, as well as two other females, Dafina and Shindy. "We tried earlier with two other males but both of them couldn't do it, couldn't perform,"...
  • God and gorillas (or evo uncovered as quasi anti science)

    01/30/2007 11:46:34 PM PST · by RunningWolf · 31 replies · 874+ views
    Salon.com ^ | Jan. 31, 2007 | Barbara J. King
    God; doesn't it explain why religion continues to be so pervasive? But many scientists are coming up with their own, decidedly secular, theories about the origins of faith. In fact, over the last few years, a small cottage industry made up of scientists and philosophers has devoted itself to demystifying the divine.
  • Congo Rebels Said to Kill, Eat Gorillas

    01/17/2007 2:08:10 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies · 833+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 17, 2007 | TODD PITMAN
    Congo Rebels Said to Kill, Eat Gorillas Jan 17 3:31 PM US/Eastern By TODD PITMAN Associated Press Writer DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Rebels in eastern Congo have killed and eaten two silverback mountain gorillas, conservationists said Wednesday, warning they fear more of the endangered animals may have been slaughtered in the lawless region. Only about 700 mountain gorillas remain in the world, 380 of them spread across a range of volcanic mountains straddling the borders of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda in Central Africa. One dismembered gorilla corpse was found Tuesday in a pit latrine in Congo's Virunga National Park, a...
  • Ebola virus kills 5,000 gorillas, says study

    12/07/2006 2:10:41 PM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies · 484+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | December 7, 2006
    An outbreak of Ebola virus in northwestern Republic of Congo has killed 5,000 gorillas, helping to push the threatened species even closer to extinction, a study says. The estimate is made by a team of scientists in Europe and central western Africa, who say there was a "massive die-off" of gorillas in Congo's Lossi Sanctuary park from 2002 to 2004. The great apes which died were western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla), one of two gorillas species. The other species is the eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei). "The Lossi outbreak killed about as many gorillas as survive in the entire eastern gorillas species,"...
  • 'Gorilla suit' man surrenders to Lakewood police

    10/20/2006 8:35:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies · 554+ views
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | October 20, 2006 | KING-TV
    A man who was dressed in a gorilla suit when he grabbed a 5-year-old boy at a Lakewood store two months ago has surrendered to police. The 19-year-old saw a Crimestoppers news release reporting that he was still wanted and turned himself in today in Lakewood, according to police. He was booked for investigation of unlawful imprisonment. Anthony and April Santiago of Spanaway are considering legal action against Lakewood police for the way they originally handled the case. The family had chased down the man to rescue their screaming son. When the gorilla-suit man said it was a joke, police...
  • Animals know stupid when they see it (Max the hero-Gorilla)

    01/03/2006 2:44:26 PM PST · by emiller · 14 replies · 710+ views
    Reuters Via Yahoo ^ | 01-03-06 | Ed Stoddard
    Max, a 200 kg (440 lb) gorilla, won fame in 1997 after being wounded by a terrified gunman who jumped a moat into his space in Johannesburg's zoo while fleeing police. Max pinned the fugitive against the wall of his enclosure and guarded him even after being shot until police arrived, making him an instant folk hero in crime-ridden South Africa. Other people don't realize that you shouldn't get between a mother and her offspring -- especially when dealing with the world's largest land mammal. In April of this year, an elephant gored a tourist
  • President Kong: Art Imitates Life

    12/12/2005 10:05:41 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 6 replies · 330+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | December 12, 2005 | Larry Leonard
    If Fay Wray had gone to Vermont and married King Kong, would their first child be named Gay Wray or Hong Kong? Well, no matter. It's too late for that, now. As the film proves, the giant gorilla is no longer, yet forever with us. But, left to us is the art vs. life discussion this tale always inspires. What do these symbols mean? Well, King Kong in this edition clearly represents Bill Clinton. He always wants his own way, likes to paw women and talks pure gibberish the whole time. And, the press is always on his trail. Clearly,...
  • First Gorilla Born In Managed Care (WARNING: Incredibly CUTE Pics!)

    11/22/2005 4:15:14 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 24 replies · 1,137+ views
    TAMPA, FL - Park officials at Busch Gardens in Tampa welcomed a new addition Monday; the first gorilla in the park's history was born. The little bundle's 33-year-old mom, Kishina, experienced medical problems while giving birh to the baby gorilla Friday. So the baby was delivered by caesarean section. The father is 9-year-old Cenzoo, a western lowland gorilla. Busch Gardens is now home to seven gorillas.
  • A Big Gorilla Weighs In [Hollywood blows $207 million on gorilla movie]

    10/26/2005 9:24:47 PM PDT · by SteveMcKing · 136 replies · 2,757+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 27, 2005 | Sharon Waxman
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 26 - In hiring Peter Jackson, the Oscar-winning director of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, to remake the monster classic "King Kong," Universal Pictures took a daring leap, paying him $20 million to direct, produce and be the co-writer of the film. With seven weeks to go before the movie's release, the risks are becoming clearer. After seeing a version of the film in late September at Mr. Jackson's studio in New Zealand, Universal executives agreed to release "King Kong" at a length of three hours. The film is substantially longer than Universal had anticipated and...
  • Gorilla Bosses Bring Jungle to the Work

    10/19/2005 11:28:39 AM PDT · by Samwise · 26 replies · 768+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 18, 2005 | Michael Y. Park
    ***snip*** Everyone knows them, or knows someone who’s had to deal with them: gorilla bosses. The ones who make their way to the top by throwing one elbow too many, scaring colleagues with their violent rages and basking in an often-unearned aura of cockiness. “A boss like that doesn’t want to accept feedback, doesn’t want to understand other points of view — it’s his or her way or the highway,” said Chicago-based science writer David L. Weiner (search), who wrote about the about the "gorilla boss" phenomenon in this year’s “Reality Check: What Your Mind Knows, But Isn't Telling You."...
  • Biologists Observe Gorillas Using Tools

    09/29/2005 8:28:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 777+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/29/05 | Joseph B. Verrengia - AP
    For the first time, biologists have documented gorillas in the wild using simple tools, such as poking a stick in a swampy pool of water to check its depth. Until now, scientists had seen gorillas use tools only in captivity. Among the great apes, tool use in the wild was thought to be a survival skill reserved for smaller chimpanzees and orangutans. The research in the Republic of Congo's rainforests was led by Thomas Breuer of the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, which released details of his study. Breuer is in Africa and was not immediately available for...
  • Gorilla Splits Idaho Town

    08/24/2005 4:10:53 AM PDT · by Cowman · 12 replies · 598+ views
    WTVX 34 ^ | Aug 23, 2005
    Aug 23, 2005 8:23 am US/Eastern WEIPPE, Idaho (AP) It’s a big issue in this small town: Should Weippe bring back the gorilla? Members of the City Council recently split on whether to repaint the gorilla caricature that for decades had been on the side of the 76-foot-tall water tank in the town. It was the council’s first divided vote since the 1980s. The gorilla was the mascot of the old Weippe High School before it was combined with neighboring Timberline High School in 1970. It was painted over three years ago. Maxine Johnstun, 83, has led the charge to...
  • Women: Caretaker of famous gorilla pressured us to bare our breasts

    08/15/2005 12:32:16 PM PDT · by OESY · 80 replies · 3,927+ views
    CourtTV.com ^ | Aug. 12, 2005 | Lisa Sweetingham
    Two former caretakers for Koko, the famous gorilla who communicates with humans using sign language, say they were continually pressured to show Koko their breasts or face the consequences. Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller are suing Koko's primary caretaker, Dr. Francine "Penny" Patterson, because she allegedly asked them to "perform bizarre sexual acts with Koko" — namely, taking off their tops — to bond with the five-foot-tall, 280-pound female gorilla. "Patterson would interpret certain hand movements made by Koko as a 'demand' to see exposed human nipples," the suit alleges. "[Patterson] made it known to Keller and Alperin that if...
  • 25-Foot Inflatable Gorilla Stolen in Wash

    04/06/2005 6:32:14 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 13 replies · 357+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Apr 6, 4:39 PM EDT
    Police are looking for an oversized but rather limp gorilla. Owner Mike McDaniel said the 25-foot blue and yellow inflatable animal was cut from its tether at the Viking Village shopping center after the air was let out because of high winds last Friday. The overgrown ape, which was being used to advertise a hot tub sale at the mall, was more vulnerable to thieves because they could make an instant getaway, McDaniel said. "If it's fully inflated, it does take five or 10 minutes for it to fully drain out," he said. According to a police report, the last...
  • 'Gorilla Wake' At Zoo Allows Gorillas To Mourn 'Babs'

    12/08/2004 2:22:13 PM PST · by Stoat · 18 replies · 998+ views
    Local 6 (Florida) ^ | December 8, 2004
    'Gorilla Wake' At Zoo Allows Gorillas To Mourn 'Babs' 30-Year-Old Suffered From Kidney Failure   POSTED: 4:37 pm EST December 7, 2004 UPDATED: 3:13 pm EST December 8, 2004  BROOKFIELD, Ill. -- A 30-year-old Brookfield Zoo gorilla died Tuesday morning following a four-month-long battle with kidney disease, and zookepers allowed the surviving gorillas to mourn her death in a special way. NBC5 Image Babs died Dec. 7 at the Brookfield Zoo. After Babs the gorilla died, keepers decided to allow surviving gorillas to mourn the death of the most influential female in their social family. One by one on...
  • Ancient Map Of Africa Poses Questions

    11/12/2002 8:21:38 AM PST · by blam · 49 replies · 2,132+ views
    cooltech.iafrica ^ | 11-12-2002
    Ancient map of Africa poses questions The unveiling in South Africa's parliament on Monday of a replica of an ancient Chinese map of the then known world which includes a recognisable outline of Africa is raising intriguing questions of which foreigners first explored the continent. "The idea is to take us beyond what we have been ... brainwashed into believing" declared Speaker Frene Ginwala at the opening of the exhibition, which includes other maps and rock art. The "Da Ming Hun Yi Tu", the Amalgamated Map of the Great Ming Empire, dates back to 1389, decades before the first European...
  • Gorilla pair splits after five years

    03/29/2004 5:00:36 PM PST · by ambrose · 11 replies · 176+ views
    AP ^ | 3.29.04
    <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p>
  • Two Teens Taunted Gorilla Who Then Escaped

    03/23/2004 11:33:53 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 68 replies · 273+ views
    DALLAS - A zoo visitor saw two teen-age boys throwing rocks or ice at Jabari the gorilla shortly before he escaped from his exhibit Thursday and attacked three people at the Dallas Zoo, officials said Monday. Mammal curator Ken Kaemmerer said the man told zoo officials that he warned the teens not to taunt the gorilla and was walking away from the exhibit when he heard someone yelling that the animal had escaped. "He just ran," Kaemmerer said. "So he didn't see where the gorilla got out." Officials said the information, which appears credible and came from a hot line...
  • Violent Gorilla Escape Leads to Investigations, Questions About Police Tactics

    03/19/2004 6:05:44 PM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 126+ views
    AP ^ | Mar.19, 2004
    Violent Gorilla Escape Leads to Investigations, Questions About Police Tactics Mar 19, 2004 By Lisa Falkenberg/ Associated Press Writer DALLAS (AP) - The scene at the Wilds of Africa exhibit was wilder than anything most zookeepers have witnessed in the jungle: A 300-pound gorilla breaks out of its enclosure and goes on a 40-minute rampage through a forest, snatching up a toddler with his teeth and attacking three other people before being shot by officers. Federal regulators are investigating the Dallas Zoo over Thursday's escape, zoo officials are trying to figure out how the gorilla managed to break out, and...
  • Gorilla Shot After Escaping at Dallas Zoo, Where It Bit, Scratched Three People

    03/18/2004 8:28:49 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 80 replies · 271+ views
    AP ^ | 3-18-04
    DALLAS (AP) - Police shot and killed a gorilla that escaped from its enclosure at the Dallas Zoo on Thursday and injured three people. One adult and two children, ages 10 and 2, suffered minor injuries from the gorilla and were taken to area hospitals, Deputy Police Chief Daniel Garcia said. He said the three were bitten and scratched. The zoo was evacuated after the animal escaped and police were notified. When the gorilla charged two officers, getting within 15 feet of them, they opened fire, Garcia said. "We were forced to put this animal down," he said. Garcia said...
  • Cops: Sorry about the gorilla

    11/26/2003 6:02:27 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 19 replies · 235+ views
    portlandtribune ^ | Nov 25, 2003 | JIM REDDEN
    Robert Fowlkes' toy gorilla went for a ride on the front of a Portland police car last week -- prompting cries of racism from local hip-hop fans, an investigation by the police bureau and an apology from the officers involved. Fowlkes, who lives at the Helen Swindells Apartments at 10 N.W. Broadway, said Monday that the misadventure began when he and his toy -- called Monkey Boy -- went to a Burnside bar late Monday evening, Nov. 17. Fowlkes acknowledges getting drunk. He was picked up by two police officers, who stuck the toy behind the front bumper guard on...
  • Zoo Hopes to Put Gorilla Back on Display

    10/23/2003 10:12:39 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 110+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 10/23/03 | AP
    BOSTON (AP) - Zoo officials said they hope to put a 300-pound gorilla back on display once they are assured he can't escape again. The gorilla, known as Little Joe, escaped from his enclosure Sept. 28 for the second time in two months, and injured a toddler and teenager while on the loose. He roamed through the Franklin Park Zoo and along streets for nearly two hours before being sedated with tranquilizer darts. The neighborhood's safety "is paramount to us," said Zoo New England CEO and President John Linehan, according to the Boston Herald. After the incident, zoo officials...
  • Great apes' African stronghold under grave threat

    04/07/2003 8:55:27 AM PDT · by Sabertooth · 3 replies · 187+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | April 7th, 2003 | Jeff Hecht
        Great apes' African stronghold under grave threat   12:21 07 April 03   NewScientist.com news service   The bush meat trade and the Ebola virus are devastating great ape populations in west Africa - their last major refugeThe first major survey for 20 years shows commercial hunters are decimating gorilla and chimpanzee populations near urban centres and logging camps, while Ebola is wiping out large gorilla groups living in remote forests.   Bessie, a western gorilla, suckles her infant at Mbeli clearing in northern Congo (Image: Richard Parnell) The combination could push our closest animal relatives to the brink of...
  • The Hirsute Mammal of North America?

    01/10/2003 12:01:14 PM PST · by scouse · 40 replies · 350+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 1/5/03 | Theo Stein
    Denver Post Camper says she was 12 feet from curious giant By Theo Stein Denver Post Environment Writer Sunday, January 05, 2003 - When Julie Davis burst from her tent in a remote part of the San Juan National Forest late on the afternoon of Aug. 5, 2000, the 54-year-old musician expected a confrontation with a hungry bear. What she got was the surprise of her life. "It was gigantic - it must have been 8 feet tall," said Davis, an experienced backcountry camper from rural Boulder County and a former volunteer with the Great Bear Foundation. "My first thought...