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January 4, 1989 | Associated Press
A fire visible from a mile away consumed a massive gorilla statue at the entrance to the Wild Water Rapids Water Park Tuesday, authorities said. "It burned and blacked his face, hands and hair," Fire Department Capt. Michael Brown said. "I've said 'house fire,' 'structure fire' and 'car fire.' But this call was a new one: 'Fully involved gorilla.' "It was like a 50-foot guy totally engulfed in flame," Brown said. "It took us about 15 minutes to put it out, and it smoked another couple hours."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 22-year-old gorilla that had suffered a miscarriage and at least two strokes in recent weeks died Thursday at the Los Angeles Zoo. Cleo, was born at the zoo, had been scheduled to undergo a brain scan to determine the causes of a variety of illnesses that began Oct. 19 with flu-like symptoms and depression. But before zoo veterinarians could anesthetize her for the procedure, her keeper of 16 years discovered her in the back of her exhibit, apparently not breathing.
NEWS
November 20, 1990 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Airline travel is, at times, a complicated and expensive enterprise. It can really get hairy. The point was brought home Monday when the San Diego Zoo announced that it needed $50,000 to charter a jet to fly five gorillas from Cincinnati and Philadelphia to Lindbergh Field. Gorillas are not exactly nuts about airline travel. They apparently loathe the stops and delays common to commercial flights.
NEWS
September 10, 1987 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
David Watts was 10,400 feet up Mt. Bikereri and knee-deep in a tangled carpet of wet vines and thistle when he realized, a moment too late, that he stood between his old friend Puck and a patch of wild celery she urgently wanted to sample. With one enormous hairy hand, Puck grabbed Watts' leg and scolded him with a rumbling belch: "Huh, huh, huh." "Puck doesn't like any nonsense from us, especially when she's in a 'mood,' " Watts explained after the annoyed gorilla let go of his ankle.
NATIONAL
January 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A baby western lowland gorilla was born at the National Zoo this weekend in full view of visitors and a zoo volunteer, officials said. The baby gorilla weighs between four and five pounds, zoo officials believe; they don't yet know its gender. The mother, Mandara, gave birth Saturday on the other side of the plate glass window that separates the public from the gorillas.
NEWS
April 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
Michael, one of only two gorillas to have learned a human language, died Wednesday in a preserve 25 miles south of San Francisco. The lowland gorilla was 27 and knew about 500 gestures in American Sign Language. "He had a great facility with gestural communication and was a talented artist. His work has been displayed in galleries around the country. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1992 | JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declining to enter a debate between animal rights groups and zoo officials, a federal judge on Tuesday cleared the way for the transfer of two gorillas from Los Angeles to zoos in Albuquerque, N.M., and St. Louis. U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew told three organizations opposing the transfers that they filed their complaint was too late for him to stop the move of the two female western lowland gorillas, Lina and Kay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1996 | KENNETH CHANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Early one morning in January, a zookeeper found the newborn gorilla lying on the floor of its pen at the Los Angeles Zoo, chilled and with wounds on her head, probably bite marks inflicted by her mother. The baby, just hours old, was immediately placed in foster care, where she thrives under the doting attention of human caretakers and countless visitors to the zoo nursery. But the opportunity to see the first baby gorilla born at the Los Angeles Zoo since 1987 is limited.
NATIONAL
July 4, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A western lowland gorilla died at the National Zoo on Monday, days after the zoo's only other adult male died while veterinary specialists were trying to implant a cardiac device. Mopie died Monday at the Great Ape House. Officials were awaiting a final pathology report that might provide more information about the cause of death. "He collapsed," zoo spokeswoman Peper Long said of the popular Mopie, who was 34 years old and was born at the zoo. The staff is "pretty devastated," Long said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Zoo visitor Kenny Hansen knew something was terribly wrong Wednesday afternoon when "a zoo guy ran up and yelled, 'Please leave as quickly as possible! There's a serious safety condition here!' " In fact, Evelyn, the zoo's 300-pound, 24-year-old western lowland gorilla, had escaped from her compound and was behaving like a huge child.
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