Experts baffled as GORILLA arm washes up on Irish beach

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A GORILLA’S arm has washed up on an Irish beach – and experts are clueless as to where it came from.

The huge limb was discovered by a member of the public on the beach in Kilkee, County Clare, last week.

 Council dog warden Frankie Coote, who is keeping the bizarre find in his freezer

Eamon Ward
Council dog warden Frankie Coote, who is keeping the bizarre find in his freezer
 The arm was heavily decayed but scientific analysis identified it as being from an ape

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The arm was heavily decayed but scientific analysis identified it as being from an ape
 Zoos in Ireland have been contacted regarding the find but so far the arm remains a mystery

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Zoos in Ireland have been contacted regarding the find but so far the arm remains a mystery

It was initially thought to be a human limb – but analysis found it to be of animal origin.

Experts now believe the limb belonged to a large primate such as a chimpanzee or gorilla.

The arm was passed on to the care of Clare County Council dog warden Frankie Coote who is currently keeping it in his freezer.

He told RTE: “It was washed up at the beach and was believed to be human. So the Gardai removed it and they had tests done on it.

“They came back and said it was some form of animal and contacted me to dispose of it.

“Then I saw it and it was like a monkey or a gorilla or chimp – some form of primate. I was interested to see where it came from.

“But I’d like to get to the bottom of it really. It’s an unusual one.”

 The find was made by a member of the public on this beach in Kilkee

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The find was made by a member of the public on this beach in Kilkee
 Dog warden Frankie examines the primate's arm

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Dog warden Frankie examines the primate’s arm

The dog warden – who has been conducting his own research on the internet about the limb – said it is a tad larger than a human arm.

Frankie also told how a number of zoos had been contacted about the find but that “very few” places would deal with such an unusual find.

He said: “We’re waiting on phone calls from a couple of places in Ireland which do this kind of thing.

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