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Going ape for zoo's big attraction.

A HANDSOME 30-stone gorilla has been hired to charm the ladies at Twycross Zoo.

Boulas, a 23-year-old western lowland silverback, has come from Belfast Zoological Gardens to keep elderly female gorillas Biddy and Bongo company.

Kim Riley, of Twycross Zoo, said: "The male gorilla's role is to protect the females and Boulas now has two females to care for and play the macho part.

"The girls are quite intrigued with the new handsome male in the group and it is hoped that they will all get on extremely well and he will add a little spark to their daily life."

She said Boulas' favourite food was nuts, raisins, bread and cheddar cheese.

Gorillas are the largest of the great apes and, as with all apes, they differ from monkeys by having no tails.

Gorillas spend most of their time on the ground, hidden in the jungles of Africa.

Despite their size, gorillas are peaceful animals and rarely show aggression.

Chest-beating is for display, to let off steam and during play situations with family members.

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Date:Apr 22, 2010
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