(SEATTLE TIMES) The first time he ventured into his outdoor compound at Zoo Atlanta, Ivan the gorilla was hesitant. It had been 27 years since he walked in the sunshine and felt grass under his feet. But after a few false starts, the silverback marched over to a crowd watching from behind a window and pounded the glass with his fist.
It was the same gesture that delighted and terrorized generations of children in the Pacific Northwest, who grew up visiting the ape at the Tacoma shopping center where he spent so much of his life.
"It was just the coolest thing to see him when I was a little girl," Kelley Carter said. After learning Ivan died Monday, the Tacoma woman spent much of Tuesday reminiscing with friends on Facebook. "It's amazing how many people he touched from my era."
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