Ivan the gorilla, who for three decades lived in a steel and concrete cage inside the B&I store on South Tacoma Way, died Aug. 20 at Atlanta’s zoo.
The 50-year old silverback gorilla spent his “toddler” period living with a Tacoma family that spoon-fed him at the dinner table, put him in diapers, and let him watch J.P. Patches on TV with the kids. In 1964 at around age 3, Ivan was deemed too big and rambunctious and was moved to the World Famous B&I Circus Store. Not until 1995 did he live in a natural habitat with other gorillas, at the Atlanta Zoo. Read these Tacoma News Tribune and Seattle Times articles.