Gorillas at Longleat Safari Park, photo by Generalnoir (Flickr CC)

Two gorilla brothers were successfully reunited at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, UK.

Alf and big brother silverback Kesho – now 200lbs (90kg) heavier – met after being separated for two years.

Their cheerful reunion was captured on video and in a series of photos, which can be viewed on the BBC News website.

Mark Tye, head gorilla keeper at Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire, is quoted in Metro:

They were touching each other through the cage that temporarily separated them and there were no acts of aggression. We put them together 24 hours later and it was like they had never been apart. They were very animated and there was a lot of rough and tumble on the floor, but not in an aggressive way.

Kesho was away due to participating in a European gorilla breeding program at London Zoo. He returns to a bachelor life with Alf after being unsuccessful at fathering any children. How humiliating for him.

See the following video report from ITN News for more.

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.


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