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Published:March 12th, 2012 11:15 EST

Lonely Zoo Gorilla Gets A New Roommate: A Bunny

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Zookeepers in Erie, Pa., say their lonely lowland gorilla has taken to her new pet bunny quickly.

`Right off the bat, they hit it off,` Erie Zoo Director Cindy Kreider said about Samantha, a 47-year-old gorilla who now has a long-eared pal named Panda to keep her company."



"Somethin` tells me
It`s all happening at the zoo"

Zookeepers felt that Samantha was too old and fragile to have a gorilla as a companion, so they came up with the perfect solution: A cute bunny.

Samantha has quickly taken to her new companion, she is gentle with the rabbit and occasionally scratches the critter`s chin. Samantha even shares her food with the bunny, when an animal shares its food it`s a sign of real affection.

The odd couple is a hit with visitors, they love to watch the two roommates interact with each other.

We can learn a couple of lessons from this wonderful story, we can find friendship with the unlikeliest of persons. Most of my close friendships and romantic relationships have been with persons who are nothing at all like me. We should never rule out a friendship with a person who doesn`t share our hobbies or outlook on life.

If you have a grandmother or elderly friend who is lonely, maybe what she needs is a cat or a small dog to keep her company. If she still has the mental and physical capabilities to take care of a pet, broach the subject with her.

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