The couple, who don’t have any children, decided to adopt the ape after she was abandoned as a baby. They bottle-fed and reared her, even making sure that she was house trained.
They kept her in her own enclosure attached to their home, just to the west of Lyon, France. She developed more independence and now only occasionally needs her human parents to help her with tasks like extracting food from her teeth or pulling a splinter from her hand.
As a teenager […]
A gorilla has been shot dead after it grabbed a boy who fell into the enclosure housing the big ape. The gorilla refused to let go of the child. The boy had climbed through a barrier at Cincinnati Zoo and fell into the moat of an enclosure housing a 180kg lowland gorilla named Harambe.
The zoo said it was forced to take action after Harambe picked up and dragged the boy. ‘[The officials] made a tough choice and they made the right choice […]