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Bokito outside again, at last

Bokito outside again, at last
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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-12 3:45
Viewed: 3350
Points: 12
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Yesterday I was in the Zoo to try out my new lense, and there I visited also Bokito famous through his breaking out. I must tell you that when you see him running and looking you can see his force, power. So I hope that the new wall they made will be enough.


Out of Wikipedia
Bokito (Berlin, March 14, 1996) is a male Western Gorilla that lives in Diergaarde Blijdorp, a zoo in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He appeared in the news after he had escaped from his enclosure and seriously injured a female visitor on May 18, 2007. Born in the Berlin zoo Zoologischer Garten, Bokito was raised by his human attendants after having been rejected by his mother. To evade the risk of inbreeding, he was transferred to the Diergaarde Blijdorp in August 2005.

On May 18, 2007, Bokito jumped over the ditch that separated his enclosure from the public and violently attacked a woman, dragging her around for tens of meters and inflicting bone fractures as well as more than a hundred bite wounds. He subsequently entered the nearby restaurant, causing panic among the visitors. During this encounter, three more people were injured as a result of the panic. Bokito was eventually sedated with the help of a tranquilizer gun and placed back in his cage.

The woman who was attacked later turned out to have been a regular visitor to the great apes' enclosure. She had a habit of touching the glass that separated her from the gorillas while making eye contact with Bokito and smiling to him, a practice that is discouraged by primatologists, as apes are likely to interpret human smiling as a form of aggressive display.

Bokito had escaped before; in the summer of 2004, he climbed the three-meter high wall of his enclosure in Berlin. On this occasion, he was escorted back to his cage without problems.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-12 4:08]

Hi viv,

A nice capture of probably world most famous Gorilla,I think his pictures were in newspapers all around the world,picture is detailed and has good colors an I like the way you cropped this capture,lets hope they fixed his enclosure now that is is unable to escape again.


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-09-12 4:29]

Hi Vivian,
Ja dit is een hele beroemde krachtpatser. Je hebt hem hier goed vastgelegd. Goede scherpte en goede details (zeker in de vacht en rond de ogen. Mooi licht en goede kleuren.
Ik ben laast ook nog in Blijdorp geweest maar heb hem en z'n dames toen niet gezien.
gr. Paula

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-12 5:00]

Hi Vivian.
You have shared a very impressive and perfectly done portrait of this fine animal. Excellent pose of it, perfect details and sharpness of the image, blameless cropping and composition. Bravo and TFS.

The great ape posed for you Because he knows that you are a great photographer.Also a nice story.

Hello Viv,
So this is Mister Bokito. I visited Blijdorp a few months ago and couldn't see him there let alone photograph the animal.
Very popular animal.
Well done

Hallo Vivian,

Zo'n imponerende foto van Bokito heb ik nog niet gezien. Gefeliciteerd hiermee. Scherp, vol met details. Kleuren zijn heel natuurlijk. Goede BG and POV. Wat zou zo'n dier nu denken vraag ik me dan weleens af. Prettige dag en tot TFS Bob

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