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'Psycho' Gorilla Escapes Zoo Pen, Heads for Hooch

Kumbuka guzzled a gallon of nonalcoholic sugary syrup, but still

(Newser) - David Field, director of the ZSL London Zoo, is trying to dismiss an animal escape earlier this month as "less dramatic than some would have you believe," as he writes in a blog post . But as the Guardian reports, the security breach ended up with an evacuation, armed... More »

Armed Police Sent to London Zoo After Gorilla's Escape

Kumbuka now 'grumbling' in captivity again

(Newser) - Kumbuka the gorilla's story has a much happier ending than Harambe's . The silverback gorilla was recaptured within an hour of escaping his enclosure at the London Zoo Thursday night, and a keeper tells the BBC that he is "happy to report that he's up and grumbling,... More »

No Charges in Gorilla Case

Cincinnati authorities say mom wasn't to blame

(Newser) - The mother of the boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo last week won't face criminal charges over the incident. The Hamilton County prosecutor summed it up this way: "If you don't believe a 3-year-old can scamper away that quickly, you've never... More »

Source: No Charges Against Parents in Harambe Case

'Be calm,' mom urges boy in 911 call

(Newser) - "Justice for Harambe" is unlikely to involve criminal charges for the parents of the 3-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, sources say. A source close to the investigation tells the Cincinnati Enquirer that cops have wrapped up their investigation into the fatal shooting... More »

If You Eat Chicken, Hold the Outrage About the Gorilla

Columnist: Americans happy to ignore vast suffering in industrial meat production

(Newser) - The outrage over the killing of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo continues to build, something that Dylan Matthews at Vox finds to be hypocritical. Many of the same Americans who are incensed that Harambe's life was taken are happy to blindly ignore the vast suffering—even "... More »

Kid's Parents Could Be Charged in Gorilla Death

Harambe's first keeper says he was like one of his sons

(Newser) - Harambe the gorilla is becoming the most talked-about animal since Cecil the lion —and his death is just as controversial . On Tuesday, police and prosecutors confirmed that the shooting at the Cincinnati Zoo is being investigated, and they haven't ruled out criminal charges against the parents of the... More »

'Justice for Harambe': Gorilla's Killing Stays Heated

Group calls on feds to penalize Cincinnati Zoo

(Newser) - The story of the Cincinnati Zoo's decision to kill a gorilla after a 4-year-old boy slipped into Harambe's exhibit on Saturday continues to resonate:
  • Renowned zookeeper Jack Hanna is on the zoo's side, reports USA Today .
  • The BBC looks at the abuse the child's mother is
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Mom of Boy Who Got Gorilla Killed: 'I Watch My Kids'

Michelle Gregg returns fire on Facebook

(Newser) - Michelle Gregg, a bad parent? Not according to Michelle Gregg, the mother of a 4-year-old boy who got into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday, prompting a response team to shoot the animal dead , reports People . "My son ... fell in the gorilla exhibit at the zoo,... More »

Zoo Faces Backlash for Killing Gorilla to Save Boy

Protesters want 'Justice for Harambe'

(Newser) - Did the gorilla have to die? The Cincinnati Zoo is facing an angry backlash for shooting Harambe, an endangered gorilla, dead after a 4-year-old boy fell in its enclosure Saturday, CNN reports. Protesters who accuse the zoo of using excessive force gathered outside the zoo Sunday and the #JusticeforHarambe movement... More »

Ohio Zoo Kills Endangered Gorilla After Boy Falls in

A 'tough choice,' but the 'right choice'

(Newser) - The Cincinnati Zoo closed its gorilla exhibit after a special zoo response team shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into a moat. Zoo officials said the boy fell after he climbed through a public barrier at the Gorilla World exhibit Saturday... More »

Wild Gorillas Make Up Songs While They Eat

Dominant males do most of the singing and humming

(Newser) - Do you make happy sounds when you're eating a tasty meal? If so, you're not alone. Researchers have discovered that gorillas sing and hum while they eat, New Scientist reports, and the findings (published this month in PLOS One ) could provide insights into how language evolved in... More »

Apes May Be Closer to Speaking Than We Thought

Koko the gorilla can produce nine distinct vocalization and breathing behaviors

(Newser) - Researchers have long assumed that speaking is an impossibility for apes because they can't properly control their vocalizations or their breathing. But now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin is reporting in the journal Animal Cognition that apes may in fact be closer to talking than we... More »

2nd-Deadliest HIV Group Traced to Its Source

The origins of all 4 HIV groups have now been pinpointed

(Newser) - Of the four identified groups of human AIDS viruses—HIV-1 M, N, O, and P—only M and N had been traced to their source. Until now. Researchers from institutions around the world, including the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine , are reporting that the origins of groups O (the... More »

Animals Are Capable of Abstract Thought

And, in the case of apes, using touchscreens apparently

(Newser) - We humans have some pretty big britches when it comes to our intellectual prowess, thinking our high-falutin' language gives us the unique ability to grasp abstract concepts and make connections. But research increasingly shows that animals can do the same, Scientific American reports. In a remarkable experiment last fall, researchers... More »

Scientists Unravel Mystery of Albino Gorilla

In a word: inbreeding

(Newser) - Snowflake, the only known albino gorilla who was also the star attraction at the Barcelona Zoo until his death in 2003, owed his white coloring to a genetic mutation—but that's not the whole story. The eye-catching primate was a result of inbreeding, say Spanish researchers, who sequenced his... More »

Humans Raise Baby Gorilla

Gladys poised for stardom at Cincinnati Zoo

(Newser) - Meet the new zoo superstar: Gladys the baby gorilla. When the 8-week-old western lowland gorilla's mother seemed uninterested in raising her, zookeepers took matters into their own hands, reports AP . Gladys was sent from her home zoo in Texas to the Cincinnati Zoo, where the staff has extensive experience... More »

World First: Gorilla Family to Be Released Into Wild

Male, 5 females, 5 offspring headed to Gabon

(Newser) - British conservationists are preparing to release a full family of 11 western lowland gorillas in Gabon, a feat they call a world first. The family includes a 30-year-old, 440-pound male who was rescued from poachers, as well as his five "wives" and their five offspring, who were raised in... More »

African Gorillas' Habitat Quickly Disappearing

Continent-wide survey finds huge losses since 1990s

(Newser) - The first-ever continent-wide survey of gorillas in Africa finds that their habitats have been shrinking at a disturbingly fast clip since the 1990s, reports the BBC . Eastern gorillas, for example, have the distinction of being the largest living primate, but they've lost 52% of their habitat over that span.... More »

Escaped Gorilla Bites Buffalo Zookeeper

Worker escapes to other gorillas' enclosure

(Newser) - A quick-thinking Buffalo zookeeper locked herself in with a female gorilla and her newborn after being attacked by an escaped 400-pound silverback male. The 24-year-old gorilla, which had escaped through an unsecured door, remained in an area closed to the public. It was tranquilized by a zoo worker using a... More »

Human, Gorilla DNA: Just 1.75% of It Is Different

Western lowland gorilla DNA decoded by scientists

(Newser) - In decoding the DNA of a western lowland gorilla, scientists made a discovery that may surprise you: Humans and gorillas differ in just 1.75% of their DNA, making our genomes more similar than previously thought. That percentage actually drops to 1.37% when compared to chimpanzees, our closest living... More »

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