British gorillas await French lover

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Three female gorillas at London Zoo are waiting for their new French lover -- and were given a sneak preview of the Gallic stud coming their way this week.

London - Three female gorillas at London Zoo are waiting for their new French lover -- and were given a sneak preview of the Gallic stud coming their way this week.

Mjukuu, 10, Effie, 16, and Zaire, 34, were left bereft after their silverback mate Bobby died in December.

But the wait is almost over, as 12-year-old stud Yeboah, from La Boissiere Du Dore zoo in western France is due to join them in the next few months in the British capital.

And in an unusual experiment, the three singletons were this week given pictures of the 20 stone (125 kilo) French gorilla -- while Yeboah was shown images of his three lady friends.

"It would be nice to think they'll recognise him. I wouldn't be surprised if the penny drops when he arrives," said the British zoo's Tracey Lee.

Mjukuu is the biggest flirt of the trio, and hopes are high she will get pregnant fairly quickly.

"Mjukuu was holding the picture as if she was reading a newspaper. We think Yeboah will go for her first because she's very pretty, very social and she's a terrible flirt," said Lee.

"She used to hug Bobby and sit on his knee all the time, while looking over her shoulder at the others."

AFP / Expatica

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