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Gorilla brothers recognize each other after a three-year separation

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posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 03:38 AM
Here’s the touching moment when a pair of gorilla brothers were reunited after three years apart. Kesho and Alf’s gestures are the most convincing evidence of the 98-percent DNA that they share with homo sapiens.

The two were separated when Kesho was shipped to London to participate in a breeding program – so he’s surely got lots of juicy gossip to share with his bro. Zookeepers at the U.K.’s Longleat Safari Park expected aggressive behavior, assuming they wouldn’t recognize each other, but they couldn’t have been more wrong.

Kesho, and his younger brother Alf, were brought back together to live in a new Gorilla Colony at Longleat Safari Park. They have also been joined by a third brother, six-year-old Evindi.
Longleat keeper, Mark Tye, said: "The keepers from Dublin weren't entirely sure the brothers would even know each other, but the moment they met you could just see the recognition in their eyes."

Mr Tye added: "We had been slightly concerned how they would react to each other and whether the big brother could put up with little Alf's playfulness. However they have formed a really tight bond in just a few weeks and Kesho is actually incredibly tolerant; allowing both Alf and six-year-old Evindi to jump all over him."

Source with more photos: BBC News
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posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 04:50 AM
This is what life is about!

posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 04:56 AM
awesome story. Man, the older one is HUGE

posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 05:43 AM
Yep, Family is important even with Primates.

posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 06:25 AM
That is great.

you could just see the recognition in their eyes.

A lot of human emotion and things that are inherit to humans can be seen in our eyes.

posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 06:29 AM
Big guy gets some, and is more tolerant...

Wish the same works with politicians...

Good find, F & S.
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posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 10:09 AM
Awesome story, thanks for sharing. S&F

posted on Aug, 20 2012 @ 10:20 AM
Gorgeous isn't it?
Check out this little guy busting some moves.

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