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430-pound, anti-social gorilla heading to SC zoo

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DALLAS (WIS/AP) - A 430-pound anti-social gorilla who's spent 18 years at the Dallas Zoo will be moved to a South Carolina facility for a more solitary existence.

The Dallas Zoo on Monday announced the planned transfer of 23-year-old Patrick to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia.

Dallas Zoo officials for years tried to create social relationships for Patrick. His response to female gorillas ranged from indifference to aggression.

"While he loves people, he's been indifferent to other gorillas," wrote the zoo on its Facebook page. "The move will give Patrick an expansive new home where he'll continue to be loved and appreciated.

Zoo veterinarian Lynn Kramer says it's clear that Patrick prefers a solitary life. Dallas Zoo officials will now concentrate on working with other male gorillas in a species survival plan.

Next weekend, the zoo plans special tributes to Patrick including $5 admission, treats and a going-away card.

No move date was announced for Patrick, who was born in New York at the Bronx Zoo but due to maternal neglect was moved to the Toronto Zoo, then Texas.

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