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Gorilla Gets Girlfriend

May 5, 1988

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) _ Colossus, the biggest male gorilla in captivity, may not be looking for the gorilla of his dreams, but he’s getting a girlfriend anyway.

Muke, a 21-year-old western lowland gorilla, is being brought from the St. Louis Zoo to teach him about love and socializing.

Until he moved to The Zoo near Gulf Breeze a couple of months ago from Benson’s Animal Park in Hudson, N.H., Colossus had never been out of an indoor cage since he was captured in Africa more than 20 years ago. He has never seen another gorilla outside his African family.

″She is supposed to be a very good-looking gorilla,″ noted Pat Quinn, president-director of The Zoo.

Muke is a non-breeder, said Roger Birkel, deputy director of the St. Louis Zoo. Quinn says that’s OK.

″If we can get him socialized with other gorillas and we can get him turned on to breeding, then we can bring in a viable breeder,″ said Quinn, who plans to bring Muke to The Zoo as soon as he can work out arrangements.

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