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Grumpy gorilla set for bachelor pad

USA: A gregarious male gorilla at the Dallas Zoo will be sent to South Carolina for therapy after he bit one female gorilla and sneered at others, zoo officials said.

Patrick, a 195kg Western lowland gorilla, will be moving to the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina, where he will live the bachelor life in his own digs.

The South Carolina zoo is known for working with gorillas with behaviour problems.

Dallas Zoo officials said Patrick gets along fine with humans but not with other gorillas.

They said they have tried repeatedly to socialise him with the other gorillas, particularly the females, in the hopes that he might get along and even breed. Instead, he bit one female and sneered and nipped at others.

“It’s not like we haven’t tried, he’s been here for 18 years” said Laurie Holloway, a spokeswoman for the Dallas Zoo.

Patrick was more tolerant of other male gorillas but seemed only to engage with Jabari, who was shot to death by Dallas police after he escaped in 2004 and injured three people.

Because of his cranky behaviour, Patrick has been kept in his own habitat separate from the other gorillas. The Dallas Zoo needs to reclaim Patrick’s space because it recently acquired two new males from the Calgary Zoo, including Zola, a break-dancing gorilla who stars in a video that has gone viral on the internet.

Man goes to shop to buy hot dog buns, leaves with $400m lotto ticket

USA: The winner of a nearly $400m (€295m) Powerball lottery jackpot has declined to be named, officials said, but they disclosed the winner who lives near Columbia, South Carolina, told them he bought the ticket while on a mission to buy hot dog buns.

The man stopped at a petrol station in central South Carolina after his wife asked him to pick up the hot dog buns, but after finding they had none, he bought $20 of Powerball tickets instead, the officials said.

His big win last week — the fourth-largest prize in the lottery’s history — occurred on just the second time he had purchased tickets, the man revealed.

Trafalgar Square in a spin

ENGLAND: A 4m-high pair of revolving robotic cones could soon be spinning on top of the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square after six artists unveiled their visions for what should take pride of place in the central London site.

The plastic sculptures, made by US artist Liliane Lijn, are divided into four parts and powered by different motors which make them rotate in different directions at different times and speeds.

Lijn said: “They are identical in every way and the minute they become mobile, the minute they begin to move or dance, as I prefer to say, they became differentiated. So what makes them two different beings is movement.”

Name dispute

WALES: Residents living in the village of Varteg have expressed their unease about plans to rechristen it Y Farteg.

Welsh language campaigners are in support of the name change, saying the current moniker is incorrect. In the Welsh language, there is no letter V — although the same sound is produced by the single letter F.

But locals say renaming their village Y Farteg would make them the butt of people’s jokes, saying it sounds like a “playground insult”.

To the rescue

SCOTLAND: The SPCA was called out to rescue an owl in Aberdeenshire which turned out to be a garden ornament.

The animal charity responded to the anonymous call but found the owl was a realistic plastic garden water feature. The Scottish SPCA said it could have been a genuine call, or a prank.

Chief Inspector John Carle said: “We do tend to have a giggle about this sort of thing, as investigating cruelty is normally stressful and upsetting. I had a feeling as soon as I approached the property that something wasn’t quite right. The front garden contained a number of ornaments and decorative features.”

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