Look Back: Phil the gorilla
Date: 11/25/2010 Album ID: 1123757
Photos by St. Louis Post-Dispatch staff photographers
Phil the gorilla weighed 30 lbs. when he arrived at the St. Louis Zoo on Sept. 10, 1941, and for almost two decades, patrons flocked to his cage hoping to catch some of his antics. Sometimes he’d rip the shirt from his main keeper, Frank Florsek. Other times he’d suddenly bomb his human admirers with a mighty splash from his swimming tank. He died on Dec. 1, 1958, and his stuffed remains now reside at the old Elephant House.