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Koko the 300-lb Gorilla who likes Mountin Maids

Posted by Nomination for Family Leader on December 01, 2005 at 16:35:09

In Reply to: AHEM, JUST READ CHIMPANZEE POLITICS by F.DeWaal to know Berg (NT) posted by Clive on November 15, 2005 at 19:38:46:

December 1, 2005

By The Associated Press

WOODSIDE, Calif. -- Two animal handlers who say they were fired for refusing to expose their breasts to a 300-pound gorilla have settled their lawsuit against the Gorilla Foundation on undisclosed terms.

Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller, both in their mid-40s, claimed that Gorilla Foundation president Francine "Penny" Patterson pressured them to indulge Koko the gorilla's "nipple fetish" as a way of bonding with the 33-year-old female.

The foundation denied the allegations.

The foundation, founded in 1976 to promote the preservation and study of gorillas, is best known for Koko, who speaks sign language and has mastered more than 1,000 signs.

The settlement was reached Nov. 9. A similar lawsuit filed by another employee is pending.