Odd Ball Fun| The 11,000-pound Gorilla in the Room

oddball 1Odd Ball Fun | The 11,000-pound Gorilla in the Room

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge – Week 26

Ocean Breeze Water Park Gorilla named…

Hugh Mongous

  • Hugh Mongous was born in June of 1977 by University of Richmond’s professor, Demetrios Mavoudis.
  • Hugh Mongous was so popular when the park opened, that local newspapers occasionally wrote a feature about the gorilla asking him about his experience at Ocean Breeze Waterpark.
  • Hugh Mongous is 45 feet tall and weighs 11,000 pounds!
  • The original spelling of Hugh Mongous was Hu-Mungus.
  • In 1985, Ocean Breeze Waterpark questioned Hugh’s contributions to the park, but after the children showed support for him, Hugh quickly regained his spot within the Ocean Breeze family.
  • On May 10, 1985, Hugh got a $7,000 makeover.
  • In January 1989, the original Hugh Mongous suffered from third-degree burns and received over $40,000 in medical care. After a few years of recovery, Hugh reigned again over Ocean Breeze Waterpark and Virginia Beach in 1996. (info courtesy Ocean Breeze Waterpark)


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