In comparison with a hundred other news stories from around the world of social, political and human significance, the gorilla story was utterly insignificant. A kid's life was at stake, and the gorilla was killed. That is as it should be.
Fans of the Toronto Zoo's same-sex penguin couple Buddy and Pedro will be dismayed to hear that the bonded pair will soon be parted and subjected to heterosexual retraining measures (paging Marcus Bachmann) -- specifically, placing them in contained areas with females -- in the interest of saving their species.
More than any other mammal (except of course Mr. Homo sapiens), Ursus maritimus, which translates as maritime bear, has been in the forefront of the news lately, the subject of television specials, lawsuits, congressional debates, and New York Times editorials. Why?
London zookeepers are hoping that CK's Obsession fragrance will induce two endangered Sumatran felines to get it on.
Obsession: trusted by tomcats to make kitties purr.