- The Story of Gordon The Gorilla
Gordon the Gorilla was born into
captivity at Drusilla's Zoo on May 21st 1998.
His life was easy, a large caring family, regular meals,
and a play area full of ropes and tyres for exercise.
However, the hundreds of screaming children banging on the
glass walls of his enclosure became a bit too much for little
Gordon. He thought to himself that there must be more to
life than this, so he made the decision to break out and
experience the free world.
was first spotted in Burgess Hill on April 9th 2004.
Pupils of Oakmeeds
Community College were heading to Austria on a Ski
trip, Gordon emerged from the bushes and chased the
coaches up the school drive and onto the main road.
Gordon then turned his attention to the members of the
public, they were terrified, you don't expect to see
a gorilla on the loose, especially not in Burgess Hill.
May, Gordon was found at the St Paul's building site,
there was evidence to suggest that he has been living
in the underpass between the college and the Triangle
leisure centre. Unfortunately, whilst out exploring
the local area, the council came and sealed the underpass
shut, leaving Gordon homeless.
June saw Gordon appear at the County Ground in Hove. During a televised game between
Sussex and Durham, Gordon was shown live on Sky Sports
attacking a spectator. He also got to meet Sid the Shark,
the Sussex mascot.
In September, Gordon was papped by the Leader
newspaper in a double page spread. This exposure
gained him instant celebrity status in the town.
A few weeks later, and Gordon was the star attraction
in the annual Burgess Hill Bonfire Night procession.
Evidently, this new celebrity status was all too much
to take for our favourite gorilla, as in October he
was found in Orlando,
Florida. During his time across the pond, Gordon
visited Sea World, Jurassic Park. He got into a spot
of bother with the X-Men, and stayed with the Grinch
in his cave.
Since his trip to America, Gordon has not yet been seen
back in Burgess Hill, will he ever return? We'll all
just have to wait and see!