Pa. Zoo Gives Aging Gorilla a Bunny Companion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An elderly gorilla that lives at a Pennsylvania zoo has a new companion: a bunny named Panda.

The Erie Zoo's gorilla, Samantha, has been without a full-time friend since the death of Rudy, a male gorilla, in 2005.

But officials say the 47-year-old western lowland gorilla is too old to be paired with another gorilla.

So they opted last month to introduce her to Panda, a Dutch rabbit, last month.

Samantha and Panda get along well. Samantha will gently scratch under the bunny's chin and share her food.

Officials at the zoo say Samantha has always had a gentle personality.

She was hand-raised and was more comfortable around humans even when Rudy was alive.

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