Gorilla gets bunny playmate

An elderly gorilla that lives at a U.S. zoo has a new companion: a bunny named Panda.

The Erie Zoo’s gorilla, Samantha, has been without a full-time friend since the death of Rudy, a male gorilla, in 2005.

But officials at the zoo in Pennsylvania say the 47-year-old gorilla is too old to be paired with another gorilla. So they decided last month to introduce her to the rabbit last month.

The Erie Times-News reports that Samantha and Panda get along well. Samantha will gently scratch under the bunny’s chin and share her food.

Officials at the zoo say Samantha has always had a gentle personality.