Erie Zoo Lowland Gorilla

Mural by Paul Barker in lowland gorilla exhibit for Samantha at Erie Zoo

This mural nearly made me famous, when the story got out that my mural was so realistic that the exhibit’s inhabitant, Samantha, tried to pick grass out of it. Samantha was a lowland gorilla raised very much like a human child. The last time I saw her, she was in the last months of her life, and I’ll miss her. The above photo was cropped for display, here’s what the whole mural looks like:

For a photo of Sam and her pet rabbit, Panda, superimposed on a photo of this mural by my friend and Photoshop wizard Gerry Hoos, see the story of my relationship with Samantha in my Mostly True Tale, Sam.