ANIMALS: MARRIAGE ARRANGED

Gargantua, the gorilla, was the subject of a lot of speculation last week. Prize exhibit of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's circus, this 550-lb. monster, with a nine-foot span between his outstretched hands, is the most terrifying beast in captivity. A vengeful misanthrope, he spends his days brooding in a glassed-in cage with chilled steel bars. Last week came reports that horrendous Gargantua is soon to have a mate.

John Ringling North, head man of Ringling Brothers, has long dreamed about a romance for Gargantua. Aside from its publicity value, it would...

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