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article imagePhoto: Saucy celebrity gorilla gives paparazzo the finger

Colorado Springs - A 19-year-old western lowland gorilla named Kwisha, at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, appears to react to a paparazzo snapping her picture by giving the finger.
Kwisha is a celebrity, and this is not her first time of getting paparazzi attention. Ellen Degeneres tweeted a photo of her in September, in which she appeared to be flipping off a child. Like a celebrity harassed by paparazzi, she appears to be flipping off this photographer also.
Reddit user jgcramer, posted the photo on Tuesday with the explanation: "Just went to the Zoo and I have a feeling this Gorilla didn't want his photo taken."
But as convincing as the photo may appear, Kwisha really can't help giving the finger to pesky paparazzi. The Huffington Post reports that Katie Borremans, public relations manager at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, said Kwisha suffered a tendon damage to the finger about 12 years ago and cannot bend it, making it look like she is cross all the time and flipping off everyone she meets.
According to Borremans, Kwisha is one of five female western lowland gorillas at the zoo.
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists western lowland gorillas among endangered species. Western lowland gorillas are native to the central African rain forest zone spreading from eastern Nigeria to Angola. Small populations of the gorillas are found today in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Angola and Gabon.
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