Mike Tyson reportedly offered a zookeeper £9,000 to fight a huge silverback gorilla, because he’s Mike Tyson.
The alleged animal-lover – whose infamous for keeping exotic pets, including tigers and the less glamorous pigeons, at his mansion home – wanted to deck a gorilla so much, he was willing to pay for the apparent privilege.
Luckily the zoo-keeper he tried to bribe declined, but not before Tyson put up a good fight in order to ‘smash that silverback’s snotbox’ – his words, not mine.
Tyson, 52, tried to bribe a worker to open the zoo so he and his then-wife Robin Givens could enjoy a private and romantic stroll among the animals.
Tyson tried to explain his urge to The Sun, and failed, when he said:
I paid a worker at New York’s zoo to re-open it just for me and Robin. When we got to the gorilla cage there was one big silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas.
They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant. I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let smash that silverback’s snotbox! He declined.
This was the 80s – a time when Tyson, in his twenties, admittedly was a little extravagant with his pastimes out of the ring.
Tyson, who holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years old, began competing in 1985 from which time he reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion until 1990.
He won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in the second round, and added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987.
This made Tyson the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
But, a gorilla? Really, Tyson? The silverback gorilla is, on average, heavier than most fighters and has the added benefit of fangs.
Even Tyson himself might not stand a chance against the gorilla, whose center of gravity is closer to the ground and thus offers a huge advantag
Watch a caring Silverback Gorilla protect a young boy from other gorillas after he fell into he gorilla pit
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Until recently there were considered to be three species of gorilla, The Western Lowland, The Eastern Lowland and Mountain Gorilla. There is now agreement that the gorilla is divided into two species of at least two subspecies each. More recently it has been claimed that a third subspecies exists in one of these groups.A silverback is an adult male gorilla, typically more than 12 years of age and named for the distinctive patch of silver hair on his back. A silverback gorilla has large canines that come with maturity. Black backs are sexually mature males of up to 11 years of age.
Silverbacks are the strong, dominant troop leaders. Each typically leads a troop of 5 to 30 gorillas and is the center of the troop's attention, making all the decisions, mediating conflicts, determining the movements of the group, leading the others to feeding sites and taking responsibility for the safety and well-being of the troop.
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A few few hour on a Saturday afternoon in London... A quick stroll down the famous Portobello Road markets... Then the tube over to the London Zoo to check out some of the animals including the amazing silverback Gorillas... Hope you enjoy :)
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We have a variety of osteological bone specimens for study or for display that we sell. Behind me is some of our human skeletons. They are not produced basically anymore. These are old medical skeletons.
We also offer for the naturalist collector variety of more common specimens. This is a raccoon skull of the type that I used to find in the woods behind my house when I was a kid and was always fascinated by.
We also offer a large line of cast replica skulls and skeletons, both human and animal. This is a cast of a Gorilla skull, a very large male silverback Gorilla who died in a fire at the Philadelphia zoo in 1995.