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You cannot be serious...!<br />
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It seems even the Gorilla's at Longleat are getting in the Wimbledon spirit - although it would take a brave umpire to argue with Boulas the 35 stone male at the Wiltshire Safari Park. <br />
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Keepers gave the 26 year old silverback a racket as part of their mental stimulation plan to keep the attraction's animals alert and inquisitive.<br />
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And with the full sized racket seemingly dwarfed in his huge hands, even the famously belligerent John McEnroe might think twice before challenging a line call- and it would take a brave umpire indeed to penalise the massive primate for racquet abuse.<br />
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Longleat's Ian Turner said: ?Boulas is a typical silverback who wants everyone to know how tough he is so we didn't think the racquet would last too long once he got hold of it.<br />
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?However he was actually surprisingly gentle with it and although it looked like a child's toy in his hands, he seemed genuinely intrigued by his new plaything - although none of us dared tell him it wasn't really the done thing to lick the strings!? he added.