It seems the London Zoo has been short a male gorilla since last December, leaving the zoo’s resident “trio” of female gorillas – Zaire, Effie and Mjukuu — short on bananas, if you will.
Not for much longer. CNN reports that a new 12-year-old, 20-stone male gorilla — from France, no less — will be joining them by the end of the year. Each of the female gorillas was recently given a picture of Yeboah, their London-bound mister, and their responses were pretty fantastic:
One female gorilla shrieked in delight, while another wedged the poster in a tree to stare at it.
A third, clearly overcome by emotion, held the photo close to her chest — then ate it.
(Pff, don’t pretend like you’ve never eaten a glossy of Gerard Depardieu.)
According to Tracey Lee, a London Zoo team leader, Yeboah is a catch – ”a very charming, fun loving and intelligent gorilla.”
CNN scribe Nick Hunt wonders which of the trio Yeboah will “choose to charm first”:
Zaire, at 34, is the oldest female gorilla and has been at London Zoo since 1984. The zoo says she’s “happiest when she’s taking down and rebuilding her nest in various spots around the island. She loves to play with fabric and often drags it around with her all day. ”
Then there’s Effie, 16, who “enjoys seeing toddlers and often makes her way over to the glass when they come to see her,” according to the zoo Web site.
Finally there’s 10-year-old Mjukuu, or “Jookie.” Dan Simmonds, a keeper at the zoo’s Gorilla Kingdom, says she “has this ‘butter wouldn’t melt look’ to her, and she gets away with murder.”
Sounds like Yeboah better look out! Best of luck to the happy troop.