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Experts relocate antique gorilla
George on the move
George has become a favourite with visitors
One of the star attractions at a Nottinghamshire stately home has been moved in a carefully-planned operation.

George the gorilla - one of the first stuffed examples to be seen in Europe - was shifted from his alcove at Wollaton Hall ahead of redevelopment work.

The move was made problematic due to George's delicate condition after more than 130 years in the same pose.

Curators at Wollaton Hall say his new home in the Africa Room will give him added company.

Delicate structure

George was bought from the 1878 Paris Exhibition by Nottingham Corporation after becoming a star attraction on the continent.

He was settled at Wollaton Hall in 1926 where he became a favourite for generations of schoolchildren.

Now, following a major lottery grant, the ground floor is being redeveloped and George's traditional alcove is to be opened up.

Jeff Ford, of Nottingham Museums and Galleries, said: "Because of his great age the structure could be very delicate and could easily crack.

"We had to turn him on his side for the move and that was the most difficult part but we wrapped him up well and it went without a hitch."

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