Ndume”s a Little Stressed by Recent Events

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Photographer: Ron Cohn

Source: Gary Stanley

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Ndume, Koko”s male companion, has been a little anxious since Koko”s medical procedure last week. Not because he”s read the recent press release or had a sign-language discussion with Dr. Penny Patterson. But because of all the strange visitors that have been on the premises. A Silverback”s mission in life is to protect his family, and having a team of medical experts working on one”s companion (Koko) behind closed doors would increase the stress level of any male gorilla – even one as laid back as Ndume. Fortunately, extra attention by Gorilla Foundation caregivers (including Penny and Ron) are helping Ndume slowly return to his normal sweet and calm disposition.

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