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USGorilla's return to Cincinnati Zoo set after court battle

14:51  13 june  2019
14:51  13 june  2019 Source:   wlwt.com

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The Cincinnati Zoo has sued The Gorilla Foundation, demanding that Ndume, a gorilla loaned to foundation in 1991 Court documents say the foundation' s refusal to return the gorilla goes against the loan In court documents filed Thursday, the zoo said the matter is urgent. "It is undisputed that

“The Cincinnati Zoo is pleased that the Court is enforcing the loan agreement as it is written,” zoo officials said in a statement. “We look forward to working with The Gorilla Foundation to transfer Ndume to Cincinnati safely as soon as possible, so that he can once again live with other gorillas .”

Gorilla's return to Cincinnati Zoo set after court battle© Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Ndume

A male silverback gorilla is slated to return to the Ohio zoo where he was born, after a months-long court battle.

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco ruled recently that The Gorilla Foundation in California must transfer 37-year-old Ndume Thursday to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Cincinnati Zoo officials declined to discuss transfer plans until after Ndume is back.

Zoo officials sought to bring Ndume home after Koko, the gorilla famed for learning sign language, died last June and left Ndume by himself. He was loaned to the foundation in 1991 to be Koko's companion.

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Zoo officials and animal rights groups disagreed with the foundation's argument that the transfer would harm Ndume. Seeborg said there should be no further delays.

The foundation issued a statement Wednesday.

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