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THE GORILLA THAT PLAYS NINTENDO; Mini King Kong addicted to Donkey Kong.



GORILLAS at a safari park are beating boredom - by playing Nintendo.

Nico and Samba samba

Ballroom dance of Brazilian origin, popularized in the U.S. and Europe in the 1940s. Danced to music in ⁴⁄₄ time with a syncopated rhythm, the dance is characterized by simple forward and backward steps and tilting, rocking body movements.
 - the 39-year-old star exhibits of Longleat Safari Park's ape enclosure - have been given the classic video game Donkey Kong Donkey Kong may refer to:
  • Donkey Kong (video game), the original arcade game
  • Donkey Kong (character), the title character
 to keep them occupied.

The game shows a giant ape protecting its store of bananas - and the pair are glued to the screen each time the cartoon character triumphs over his rivals.

Keepers at the Wiltshire park have even enforced an 11.30pm curfew to ensure the pair don't stay up too late playing the game and watching cartoons on the satellite TV in their enclosure.

Assistant keeper Ian Turner Ian Turner (born 17 January 1953 in Middlesbrough) is a former footballer, who won the FA Cup when he played for Southampton F.C. as goalkeeper in the FA Cup Final 1976. Early career  said: "They've had a television for a while now - and they love watching cartoons. Then one day the film Planet of the Apes came on and they went wild so we've been trying to find them something with apes on.

"We got the Nintendo because one of the other keepers has got a console at home and we thought we would give it a try with the Donkey Kong game - andd they love it. Nico really seems to enjoy it. Samba is a bit more laid back but they both enjoy the game.'"

The apes also have their own fridge stocked with Adj. 1. stocked with - furnished with more than enough; "rivers well stocked with fish"; "a well-stocked store"
stocked

furnished, equipped - provided with whatever is necessary for a purpose (as furniture or equipment or authority); "a furnished apartment";
 Ribena, milk and lettuce, as well as central heating central heating
Noun

a system for heating a building by means of radiators or air vents connected to a central source of heat

centrally heated adj

Noun 1.
 and a choice of three pens where they can roam at will.

The apes got their first television set when they were quarantined after their arrival from a Swiss zoo in 1986.

Ian said: "We were worried that there would be behavioural problems and I'd heard about an experiment in America where gorillas watched television.

"We got a TV installed in their enclosure and as soon as we took it away at the end of the quarantine, Nico went berserk ber·serk  
adj.
1. Destructively or frenetically violent: a berserk worker who started smashing all the windows.

2.
. Then we put the telly back and he calmed down straight away."
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Date:May 26, 2000
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