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Anti-social gorilla Patrick to leave Dallas Zoo

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:11:10 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 23 2013 02:59:00 PM CDT

DALLAS (AP) -

A 430-pound anti-social gorilla who's spent 18 years at the Dallas Zoo will be moved to a South Carolina facility for a more solitary existence.

The Dallas Zoo on Monday announced the planned transfer of 23-year-old Patrick to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, S.C.
    
Dallas Zoo officials for years tried to create social relationships for Patrick. His response to female gorillas ranged from indifference to aggression.
    
Zoo veterinarian Lynn Kramer says it's clear that Patrick prefers a solitary life. Dallas Zoo officials will now concentrate on working with other male gorillas in a species survival plan.
    
No move date was announced for Patrick, who was born in New York at the Bronx Zoo but due to maternal neglect was moved to the Toronto Zoo, then Texas.