Couple have had Pet Gorilla for 18 years

Weighing just four pounds and six ounces, Digit was tiny then she was taken in by French couple Pierre and Eliane Thivillon. The couple, who don’t have any children, decided to adopt the ape after she was abandoned as a baby. They bottle-fed and reared her, even making sure that she was house trained. They kept her in her own enclosure attached to their home, just to the west of Lyon, France. She developed more independence and now only occasionally needs her human parents to help her with tasks like extracting food from her teeth or pulling a splinter from her hand. As a teenager she even tried to jump into bed with her doting parents! Despite her impressive stature, Digit is still a real softie.


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