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Gargantua "Buddy" The Gorilla
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Birth: unknown, Congo, Democratic Republic of
Death: Nov., 1949, USA

Born in the Belgian Congo he was captured by missionaries and given as a present to Captain Arthur Phillips, who named him "Buddy" and was extremely fond of him. A drunk freighter accidentally scarred the ape's face with acid and the Captain gave Buddy to Gertrude Lintz, an eccentric socialite and animal lover and her husband Dr. John Lintz. He grew to over 450 pounds and too large for the Lintzs to care for. He was bought by John Ringling, who renamed him Gargantua because of his large size and scarred face. Ringling put Gargantua on display at his circus and billed him as "The Largest Gorilla in World" and saved The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus from bankrupcy by attracting millions of visitors. Despite being given special care and attention, Gargantua died from double phonomnia in 1949. His life story and that of Massa another gorilla who belonged to Mrs. Lintz, inspired the 1997 movie, "Buddy". 
Peabody Museum
New Haven
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Plot: Skeleton in musuem collection
Created by: LongLiveRock
Record added: Jul 20, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20549485
Gargantua Buddy The Gorilla
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Gargantua Buddy The Gorilla
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Dearest Buddy,We knew so very little when you were here with us, for if we had the knowledge we have today your life would have been better.I don't know what death holds for us but I hope so very much there is a way for you and all the other mistreated, m...(Read more)
- Carol Kirsch
 Added: Nov. 29, 2016
There will never be enough tears to soften the pain, disappointment, abandonment, and loneliness you felt. My heart breaks for you and so many other animals in circuses, labs, animal brothels,slaughter houses, fur farms, meat farms, and with cruel owners...(Read more)
- just a human being
 Added: May. 15, 2015
I weep knowing of the horrors you were subjected to throughout your life. May we stop this slavery of animals forever.
 Added: Feb. 20, 2014
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