The Sexes: Zoo Story

The Sacramento, Calif., city zoo has a problem. Two prize gorillas, Chris, a 350-lb. male, and Susie, a 150-lb. female, seem to want to mate but don't know how. At the age of nine, gorillas are supposed to know. Zoo officials acquired a Swiss film of gorilla sexual activities and staged the nation's first X-rated show for simians. Chris and Susie loved the lights and the projector but found the action unmoving. At another screening held for them last week, they paid attention to the plot, but officials detected no sign of arousal.

Undaunted, Zoo Director William Meeker has scheduled at least...

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