Monday, March 12, 2012

Elderly Gorilla Finds a New Friend in a Rabbit

elderly gorilla has a new companion: a Dutch breed bunny named Panda. Samantha, has been without a friend since the death of Rudy, a male gorilla, in 2005. Officials say the 47-year-old western lowland gorilla is too fragile to be paired with another gorilla so they introduced her to Panda, a Dutch rabbit, last month. Zookeepers report Samantha is gentle with Panda and will scratch under the bunny's chin and share her food. Rabbits have been paired with gorillas at other wildlife rehabilitation centers in the past with good results for all. It seems bunnies have the same calming effect on gorillas as they do on humans.