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From TheJournal.ie Koko, the famous gorilla who mastered sign language and cared for a kitten, has died California This post contains videos

Koko, the famous gorilla who mastered sign language and cared for a kitten, has died

Koko, a tribute said, “touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas”.

From TheJournal.ie Strange animal limb washed up on beach probably a seal, says expert Kilkee

Strange animal limb washed up on beach probably a seal, says expert

The local dog warden is keeping the limb in his freezer.

From TheJournal.ie Kelvin MacKenzie leaves Sun 'by mutual consent' after comparing footballer to gorilla Public Backlash

Kelvin MacKenzie leaves Sun 'by mutual consent' after comparing footballer to gorilla

The columnist was suspended from the newspaper after making the controversial comments.

From The42 ESPN criticised over Venus 'gorilla' comment Race Row

ESPN criticised over Venus 'gorilla' comment

A commentator made the remark.

From TheJournal.ie The devoted internet followers of Harambe the gorilla (RIP) have forced Cincinnati Zoo offline A Meme Too Far

The devoted internet followers of Harambe the gorilla (RIP) have forced Cincinnati Zoo offline

The zoo has had enough of the jokes and have deleted their social media.

From TheJournal.ie Parents of boy who fell into Cincinnati gorilla enclosure will not face charges Harambe

Parents of boy who fell into Cincinnati gorilla enclosure will not face charges

The incident led to the shooting dead of the gorilla, Harambe, and a worldwide controversy in the ensuing days.

From TheJournal.ie 1 gorilla vs 1,000 refugees: 'The death of an animal is sad but the drowning of 1,000 people is sadder' Opinion

1 gorilla vs 1,000 refugees: 'The death of an animal is sad but the drowning of 1,000 people is sadder'

The gorilla’s death received extensive media coverage worldwide; the deaths of the 1000 migrants, much less so, writes a dismayed Julien Mercille.

From TheJournal.ie "My son fell in with the gorilla"- Police release mother's frantic 911 call from Cincinnati Zoo Emergency Response This post contains videos

"My son fell in with the gorilla"- Police release mother's frantic 911 call from Cincinnati Zoo

No decision has yet been made on whether charges are to be brought against the mother.

From TheJournal.ie Parents in zoo killing case say their son is "doing well" and they "praise God" for his safety Harambe The Gorilla

Parents in zoo killing case say their son is "doing well" and they "praise God" for his safety

The parents are facing a possible police probe.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Was zoo right to shoot gorilla after boy fell into enclosure? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Was zoo right to shoot gorilla after boy fell into enclosure?

There has been a heated debate in recent days.

From TheJournal.ie Harry, the leader of Dublin Zoo's gorilla troop, has died from an unknown illness King Of The Swingers

Harry, the leader of Dublin Zoo's gorilla troop, has died from an unknown illness

A post-mortem is being carried out.

From TheJournal.ie Calls for parents of four-year-old boy who fell into gorilla enclosure to be prosecuted Justice For Harambe This post contains videos

Calls for parents of four-year-old boy who fell into gorilla enclosure to be prosecuted

A male gorilla called Harambe was shot dead by zoo officials when they considered the boy’s life to be in danger.

From TheJournal.ie Zoo officials shoot gorilla dead after four-year-old boy falls into enclosure Ohio This post contains videos

Zoo officials shoot gorilla dead after four-year-old boy falls into enclosure

The boy had crawled through a fence before falling into the enclosure.

From TheJournal.ie VIDEO: Baby gorilla born after a rare C-section Bristol Zoo This post contains videos

VIDEO: Baby gorilla born after a rare C-section

“I’ve done lots of Caesarean sections over the years and I read a little bit about the anatomy of a gorilla that morning.”

From TheJournal.ie This gorilla and a kitten becoming best friends is beyond adorable Take A Break
From TheJournal.ie People have become really obsessed with this 'hunky' gorilla (seriously) Take A Break
From TheJournal.ie Gorilla conservationist shot on return from filing report on oil company Killer In The Midst

Gorilla conservationist shot on return from filing report on oil company

Emmanuel de Merode is a prominent conservationist in the Congo.

Anti-social 'bachelor' Gorilla moved from zoo because he doesn't like girls

He’s off to live a life of solitude.

Adorable little girl makes instant friends with gorilla

And smooches it. Ew, gorilla cooties.

VIDEO: Kids taunt gorilla, get living daylights scared out of them Goin' Gorillas This post contains videos

VIDEO: Kids taunt gorilla, get living daylights scared out of them

If you hate kids, you’ll love this. If you love kids, you’ll still love this.

Kafi the orphaned gorilla finds a home at Dublin Zoo

We love a happy ending.

VIDEO: Gorilla and goose face off, who will win? Gorilla Thrilla This post contains videos

VIDEO: Gorilla and goose face off, who will win?

You might be surprised by the outcome of this.

PICS: Welcome to the world, baby gorilla Cute Overload This post contains images

PICS: Welcome to the world, baby gorilla

Look at him there with his hairy wrinkly little face.

PICS: The cutest one-year-old in Dublin today Dotey This post contains images

PICS: The cutest one-year-old in Dublin today

Kituba the baby gorilla is having a birthday party at Dublin Zoo this weekend.

It's a.... boy (gorilla) It's A Boy This post contains images

It's a.... boy (gorilla)

Mum gorilla at Dublin Zoo finally lets zookeepers check the gender of her two-week-old baby.

He’s dark, hairy, young at heart – and makes up for what he lacks in the looks department, with plenty of Irish charm.

Keepers at London zoo are banking on a ten-year-old gorilla called Kesho being able to cheer up a group of bereaved female primates, when he arrives there later this month.

The male blackback is being flown from Dublin in the company of his keepers within weeks to join three  females – Zaire, Effie and Mjukuu – who were left bereft when their previous mate died in April.

The Irish-reared gorilla, whose mother used to drag him around by one leg until keepers in Dublin zoo taught her how to carry him, was judged to be socially well-adjusted, and his name emerged early on amongst zoo-watchers as a front-runner for the opening left by Yeboah’s sudden death.

The premature demise of the 20-stone silverback  shocked everyone at London zoo, because he had just conceived a baby with Mjukuu, the youngest gorilla, before his death.

One commentators to the zoo chat forum wrote:

If Mjukuu is pregnant it will however make introducing a new male more complicated … [but] I think Kesho from Dublin is an excellent candidate to replace Yeboah

Kesho, who is just beginning to show an interest in the opposite sex, will have to grow up fast – he has just two months to settle in before Mjukuu gives birth and he becomes a foster dad.

But as with all new arrivals, the baby’s birth is likely to prove a stressful time for everyone concerned.

David Field, zoological director of London Zoo, said:

The introduction of a new male into this environment is very precarious. It carries significant risk for the death of the infant when it’s born later this year. But we believe we are making the right decisions based on the expert opinions we have received.

Kesho, a 10-year-old “black back” who is about 18 in gorilla years, was chosen to be young enough to mix in easily with the group but mature enough to provide leadership.

Field added:

He’s just young enough to integrate with the group in a juvenile sense, but he’s mature enough to start to provide some control and some dominance – it’s a difficult balance. He’s looking to find his niche and beginning to show an interest in females and everything that goes with them.

But the move is still a risky one:  new gorillas introduced to a herd any time up to four years after a birth are likely to kill the baby.

London Zoo was given the go ahead by experts at the Gorilla EEP (European Endangered Species Programme) species committee.

In his report, Jan Vermeer wrote how the move should be good for Kesho too:

There is no better enrichment of their life than caring of a baby or experiencing the growing up of other females’ offspring.

It is hoped Kesho will also be able to mate with Mjukuu, 11, the youngest of the females.

After his arrival,  he will be monitored 24 hours a day.