Gorilla in our midst: The enchanting story of the couple who adopted baby Digit (and still let her share the duvet 13 years on)

Gorilla in our midst: The enchanting story of the couple who adopted baby Digit (and still let her share the duvet 13 years on)

The gorilla in our midst: The enchanting story of the couple who adopted baby Digit (and still let her share the duvet 13 years on)

11:24 PM on 8th July 2011

Want a bite Pierre Thivillon offers the two-year-old a snack

Want a bite Pierre Thivillon offers the two-year-old Digit a snack. She has been part of the family for 13 years

Sweet dreams: Eliane Thivillon and Digit catch 40 winks

Sweet dreams: Eliane Thivillon and Digit catch 40 winks. If Pierre rises early, the gorilla will often clamber into his place to snuggle alongside his wife

Digit at one-month. She weighed just two kilos (4lb 6oz), and her life hung in the balance as the Thivillons tried to nurse her back to strength

Digit at one-month. She weighed just two kilos (4lb 6oz), and her life hung in the balance as the Thivillons tried to nurse her back to strength

Monkey business: The eight-month-old Digit playing with her favourite cuddly toy

Monkey business: The eight-month-old Digit playing with her favourite cuddly toy

Urbane gorilla: Digit aged four. The Thivillons have not had a night out for 13 years as they won

Urbane gorilla: Digit aged four. The Thivillons have not had a night out for 13 years as they won”t leave her alone

Digit with Pierre and Eliane today. Married for 43 years, and with no children of their own, the Thivillons have dedicated their lives to animal conservation

Digit with Pierre and Eliane today. Married for 43 years, and with no children of their own, the Thivillons have dedicated their lives to animal conservation

Digit

Digit”s affection for Pierre is immediately apparent

“Just because Digit has this wonderful bond with me and Eliane doesn”t mean she is sympathetic to humans in general,” said Pierre