R.I.P. Tunuka

RIP, you damn dirty ape

Perhaps it’s just a reaction to watching hours of the Puppy Bowl last night, but the exposure to such cuteness has me now lamenting this terrible local news from the animal world: Tunuka, a Western lowland gorilla, died yesterday at the Louisville Zoo. Tunuka was 45 years old, a former resident of the Bronx Zoo who came to the Louisville Zoo four years ago. Sounds like she was pretty burly:

“She was a tough, cranky female when she arrived here in 2004,” Gorilla Forest supervisor Roby Elsner said in a statement. “But she really mellowed over the past four years at Louisville Zoo. She will definitely be missed.”

Gorilla Forest, by the way, sounds pretty sweet, I’ll have to check it out soon. Being supervisor of Gorilla Forest sounds like a super-rad job, too.

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