Male gorilla kills female gorilla in ‘unprecedented’ attack at Melbourne Zoo

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A female gorilla has died at Melbourne Zoo after a young male gorilla attacked her in an “unprecedented” show of aggression

The 33-year-old female, named Julia, was the victim of the assault from 13-year-old Silverback male, Otana, on Friday. Staff monitoring the male noticed he had been showing an unexpected level of aggression towards Julia, before she retreated to a cave for the evening.

On Saturday, Julia was transferred to the vet for an examination, but her condition could not be stabilised. Head vet Michael Lynch told Seven News Julia had significant muscle damage caused by biting and hitting Read more…

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