Monday, March 01, 2010

Gorillas Find Love With New Beau

gorilla loveThree female gorillas have found love again after the death of their beau left them longing for male affection.

The starry-eyed singletons appear to have fallen head over heels for their new exotic paramour - 20-stone Yeboah - who was brought over from La Boissiere Du Dore zoo in western France.

Staff at ZSL London Zoo said the 12-year-old blackback was an instant hit with the love-struck ladies - Zaire, 35, Effie, 17 and Mjukuu, 11.

And he has quickly filled the gap left by silverback Bobby.

It is hoped the trio, who have lacked male attention since December 2008, will breed with the German-born Yeboah who arrived on the scene in November.

''He's taken a particular shining to Mjukuu who seems to be his favourite at the moment,'' one member of staff said.

''But he's getting on well with the others as well - he's a bit of a flirt all round.''

Until now Yeboah has remained a blackback gorilla - a sexually mature male of up to 11 years of age - but he is expected to turn into a silverback as he learns to dominate his new group.

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