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King of the Road: Masked gorilla Nacho watches over Plymouth drivers

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

By STUART ABEL Herald Reporter @stuabel

  • Nacho the gorilla's new home on Tavistock Road. Pictures by Penny Cross.

  • Nacho the gorilla's new home on Tavistock Road. Pictures by Penny Cross.

  • Nacho the gorilla's new home on Tavistock Road. Pictures by Penny Cross.

  • Nacho the gorilla's new home on Tavistock Road. Pictures by Penny Cross.

  • Nacho the gorilla's new home on Tavistock Road. Pictures by Penny Cross.

  • Nacho the gorilla's new home on Tavistock Road. Pictures by Penny Cross.

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WHO is this masked gorilla?

The eye-catching sculpture has been puzzling passers-by in Tavistock Road, Roborough.

He is Nacho, dressed in the style of a Mexican wrestler, and is one of 29 life-size gorillas statues created for Paignton Zoo and sold at auction.

Nacho, who fetched £2,500, was on display with the others in Exeter and Torbay before the sale.

The gorillas were created to highlight the plight of the Cross River gorilla – Africa’s most critically endangered ape.

They were sold to raise money for the zoo and Children’s Hospice South West.

Fewer than 300 Cross River gorillas remain in the wild.

But one seems to have found a home in the suburbs of Plymouth.

Motorists and pedestrians were slowing down to take a closer look at Nacho yesterday.

He was designed by Oxford-based artist Gareth Lloyd and had previously been on display in Northampton.

Now he is perched above a sign reading: "Slow down - Highways are full of surprises".

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  • Olive26  |  December 29 2013, 5:25PM

    Also stop moaning everyone and realise the money went to charity ever penny, no point being jealous cause you couldn't donate that amount. Smile

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  • Olive26  |  December 29 2013, 5:24PM

    Would like to say I love this, and well done for buying such a thing that brightens the place up for a change, it also looks like the owner of the property who is always monkeying around lol x lea x

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  • 465TERESA  |  December 29 2013, 10:51AM

    Just drove passed and think its amazing. Not quite front page news - sure Plymouth has more to worry about than a gorilla someone chose to put in their own garden!

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  • thatmuzzykid  |  December 28 2013, 11:26AM

    Nice distraction for motorists on one of the busiest and most badly designed sections of road in Devon.

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  • Watawally  |  December 28 2013, 12:45AM

    I noticed this gorilla on the way to Tesco in Roborough. Mind you, they do have another one in the Bristol Airport terminal, last time I flew from there.

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  • bally1  |  December 27 2013, 8:21PM

    frightened the life out of me when i drove by on christmas day !

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  • hello_world  |  December 27 2013, 8:17PM

    Just what we need, rubbernecking motorists driving into each other

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