Kids go ape after adopting a gorilla

A CLASS of committed youngsters who used a cash prize to adopt a gorilla have put pen to paper to urge others to do the same. Pupils in Years 4 and 5 at Becket Primary School in Worle spent a £30 award for attendance for a share in a Western Lowland goril

A CLASS of committed youngsters who used a cash prize to adopt a gorilla have put pen to paper to urge others to do the same.Pupils in Years 4 and 5 at Becket Primary School in Worle spent a £30 award for attendance for a share in a Western Lowland gorilla at Bristol Zoo.The eight and nine-year old children set out on a mission to persuade other people to save the endangered primates by using the power of the media.They sent about a dozen letters to the Weston Mercury saying why they loved the gentle giants and asking readers to adopt one as well.Danah, aged nine, said: "Gorillas are very shy and prefer the quiet life."Year 4 pupil Emily, aged eight, said in her letter: "Gorillas are like our brothers because, at the zoo, they drink herbal tea and Ribena. They live in family groups like we do."Class 6 teacher Lesley Ryan said: "We are studying persuasive writing and the gorilla project is a real thing to write about."The children have really taken the adoption to heart and it shows in their letters. They are very excited because we are going to the zoo next week to visit our gorilla.


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