Patrick, a 430-pound gorilla, is being shipped off from the Dallas Zoo because he is in dire need of therapy. Because of his inability to get along with the other gorillas (especially the ladies), Patrick will be moving to the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina, a zoo specializing in working with animals with behavior problems. He will live alone, as he seems to prefer.
“It’s not like we haven’t tried, he’s been here for 18 years,” said Dallas Zoo spokeswoman Laurie Holloway of their attempts to get Patrick to breed.That didn’t go over so well. He bit one female and “sneered and nipped” at the others. The odd thing is that Patrick gets along exceptionally well with humans. So what’s his issue? It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. A brief peek into Patrick’s history points to the root of the problem.
Born at the Bronx Zoo in 1990, Patrick was abandoned by his mother at birth and was transferred to the Toronto Zoo where he was hand-raised with another male gorilla. At the age of five, he moved to the Dallas Zoo where he got very close to Jabari, a male gorilla who was shot to death by Dallas police after he escaped in 2004 and injured three people.
My initial analysis: Patrick has serious mommy issues. Also, he might be gay.
We’re hoping that the folks over at the
animal psych ward Riverbanks Zoo will be able to help Patrick work through his shit. At least he’s man enough to admit he needs help. [ABC News Australia]