Letter: Wondering about zoo gorillas

This undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation

This undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York shows Pattycake, the first gorilla born in New York City. (Credit: AP )

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I was saddened to read of the passing of Pattycake, the Bronx Zoo's amusing gorilla ["Farewell, Pattycake," News, April 2].

I felt bothered by the fate of her 10 offspring, now residents of zoos in Omaha, Louisville, Detroit, Boston, Buffalo and Utah. According to online sources, there is a strong mother-child bond among gorillas.

I realize that gorillas raised in captivity would behave differently from those in the wild; however, I do hope that the offspring had a long enough time with their mother before being shipped off.

It's hard enough having two sons away in college, but at least they visit on holidays.

Elysa Parker, North Woodmere

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