News for Oct. 17, 2005

Gorilla scientist says inspired by King Kong

10/17/05, 9:43 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The upcoming movie remake of "King Kong" might outrage some serious scientists, but one expert in gorilla conservation sees the fictional ape as an inspiration. Patrick Mehlman is a field researcher in Rwanda and a vice president of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. He is also a King Kong fan. "The original 'King Kong' (1933) is one of my favorite movies. I think that's one of the things that as a child got me interested in studying great apes," Mehlman said on Monday during a trip to New York for an awards ceremony. [More]