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.

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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