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Texas Gorilla Getting Therapy For Being Sexist

Nobody understands him.

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Everyone's got some baggage, including Patrick, the Dallas Zoo's 430-pound female-hating gorilla.

After biting and sneering at the zoo's lady gorillas, 23-year-old bachelor Patrick will be moved to the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, S.C., who are known for helping gorillas with behavioral problems.

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@DallasZoo We had a wonderful day at the Dallas Zoo. We got up close and personal with Patrick the Gorilla. Amazing!

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@DallasZoo We had a wonderful day at the Dallas Zoo. We got up close and personal with Patrick the Gorilla. Amazing!

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Though fine interacting with humans, the Western lowland gorilla generally disliked other gorillas and resisted breeding attempts. “It’s become clear that he prefers to live a solitary life,” said Dr. Lynn Kramer, head veterinarian at the Dallas Zoo.

@DallasZoo we love Patrick so much. Wanted to share a picture of the first time my son "met" him about 2 years ago.

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@DallasZoo we love Patrick so much. Wanted to share a picture of the first time my son "met" him about 2 years ago.

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Up until now the ornery New York-born gorilla has been living in his own habitat, where he hasn't had to interact with the other animals and can walk around naked all he wants.

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Zoo officials said they repeatedly tried to socialize Patrick, whose only friend was Jabari, a gorilla who was killed by Dallas police after a 2004 escape where he injured three people.

The zoo will host goodbye celebrations for Patrick this week, and wasted no time finding a high-profile replacement for him: The two new males they've acquired from the Calgary Zoo include YouTube star Zola, the breakdancing gorilla.

Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Rachel Zarrell at rachel.zarrell@buzzfeed.com.

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