Feel Good Friday: Silverbacked Forget-Me-Nots With Hugs ‘N’ Handshakes…
There were some emotional scenes down at Longleat Safari Park earlier this week when two western gorilla brothers were reunited for the first time following nearly three years of separation. The pair - Kesho, 13, and Alf, 9 - were born along with another sibling, Evindi, 6, in Dublin zoo but were separated when Kesho was sent to London Zoo to partake in a captive breeding programme. Now the trio have been reconnected as Alf and Evindi have joined their big bro at Longleat’s purpose-built new Gorilla Colony.
As Mr. Ian Redmond OBE (chairman of the Ape Alliance and a conservationist with 30 years mountain gorilla experience) put it, the pictures display “self-evident joy.” He added
What you’re seeing is exactly what you think you’re seeing.
Two intelligent social mammals, who were separate, are pleased to see each other again and play together. It is gorilla joy, being reunited with someone you used to have good times with and now you can again, so it’s gorilla happiness.
Since their parting, Kesho has developed into a massive 220Kg silverback and keepers were unsure how their reintroduction would be received. However, as can be seen from these hug-happy-snaps, they really had nothing to worry about…
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