Zoo keeper in tears as he and gorilla are reunited 20 years after he hand-reared him in his bedroom
When a mother gorilla failed to bond with her baby daughter, zoo-keeper Ron Smith and his wife Barbara were quick to volunteer as foster parents.
The couple, who had no children of their own, looked after Salome for the first year of her life, giving her a cot in their bedroom.
Thirteen years later, in 1990, Mr Smith bade an emotional farewell to the ape when he was made redundant at the age of 60. Two years later she was transferred from London Zoo to Bristol.
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