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‘Gorilla limb’ found in West Clare still had flesh on it

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THE primate’s limb that mysteriously washed up on a West Clare beach still has flesh on it, indicating that the animal may have been alive up until recently.

Clare Dog Warden Frankie Coote has been left with the unenviable job of disposing of to the limb that was found washed up on a beach near Doonbeg however he told The Clare Echo he’s eager to establish what breed of primate it belongs to.

It was thought to be a human limb initially however after garda forensics teams ruled that out, Frankie was asked to dispose of the suspected gorilla arm.

Frankie Coote with the limb

“There’s still pieces of flesh on it, so it’s not like it’s been years or months,” said Mr Coote. “Obviously I’m a dog warden and I’d know a lot about animals but this is new to me. You can only surmise in how it got there, if it come across the ocean, was it a full body that decomposed and washed in in different places, we just don’t know.”

Mr Coote added that while he has been called out to deal with dolphins and whales, this is new to him. He will now keep the limb in a special freezer until an expert can inspect the item.

He added, “I think it would be a pity to dispose of it without giving someone the opportunity to look at it.”

By Elaine Tubridy


Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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