Did love spur gorillas attack

Rotterdam, May30 | Updated: May 31 2007, 05:30am hrs
Was it love that drove Bokito, the gorilla to leap from his enclosure and seize a woman visiting the Rotterdam Zoo

The 11-year-old silverback has become a national celebrity since he leaped a 4 meter (13 ft) moat surrounding his pen and ran amok in the zoo restaurant amid panicking visitors.

The 180 kg (397 lb) Bokito seriously injured a woman, who it later emerged has visited the ape almost every day since his arrival at the zoo a year and a half ago, a fact which has left the country guessing the motive behind his attack. Some primatologists, biologists and philosophers, who have all featured heavily in the Dutch media, said the gorilla could be in love with the woman and frustrated by seeing her every day without being able to make her his own.