Gorilla Brothers Reunite with a Big Hug

Officials at a British zoo said a pair of gorilla brothers separated for three years  greeted each other with a big hug 🙂

Zookeepers at the Longleat Safari park in Wiltshire, England, said Kesho, 13,  has grown into a full-sized adult silverback gorilla since the last time he saw  his brother, Alf, 9, but the two primates literally greeted one another with  open arms hugging, shaking hands and slapping one another on the back when  they were recently reunited at the zoo, The Daily Telegraph reported  Thursday.

The zookeepers said the brothers were both born at Ireland’s Dublin Zoo, but  were separated when Kesho was sent to the London Zoo to take part in a breeding  program. However, Kesho was found to be infertile and the brothers both ended up  at Lengleat’s new $4.71 million gorilla enclosure.

“We weren’t entirely sure that the brothers would even know each other, but  the moment they met you could just see the recognition in their eyes,” Longleat  gorilla keeper Mark Tye told the Daily Mail. “They were very animated and there  was a lot of rough and tumble, but not in an aggressive way. It is quite unusual  to see that sort of childlike behavior in a silverback.”

 

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