Barcelona, a photo a day

Copito de Nieve

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the very unique Copito de Nieve! AKA Floquet de Neu, or Snowflake, he was for many years one of the most famous inhabitants of Barcelona (zoo).

Snowflake was the only known albino gorilla. He was born around 1964 in today’s Equatorial Guinea, and unfortunatelydied of cancer on November 24th, 2003. In human terms, he was around 80 years old. During his life, he had 22 offspings, none of them albino. The famous Catalan primatologist Jordi Sabater Pi discovered him in 1966, and brought him to Barcelona, where they were received by the Mayor himself.

Sabater Pi died last wednesday, this is the reason for this posting.

The photo itself…. was taken in the Barcelona Chocolate Museum, one of my favorite museums here (hehe!). Snowflake’s statue is entirely made of white chocolate. Yummy!

For more info, click on the links in the text. And to see photos of the real Snowflake, just google Snowflake Barcelona.


Please have a look at the marvelous photos on Thessaloniki daily photo blog. Kostas truly has the eye of an excellent and gifted photographer.

8 responses

  1. I have never heard of Snowflake! What a fascinating story.


    August 12, 2009 at 1:06 pm

  2. Does he eat bananas, too? Cool photo, Rob!


    August 12, 2009 at 12:13 pm

  3. What a lovely tribute.


    August 12, 2009 at 11:53 am

  4. What a tribute to the gorilla! Nice to look at but not to eat!Even if it's so tempting.


    August 12, 2009 at 9:12 am

  5. This is a funny — and fun — way of remembering Sabater Pi and Snowflake!

    I don't much care for white chocolate (too sweet!) but my husband would be willing to fall into this Snowflake's arms, as long as he can bite into them!


    August 12, 2009 at 8:17 am

  6. What a fascinating story. He had a long and prolific life it seems and thus it is right his image is cast in white chocolate. For isn't white chocolate the “bread” of life?


    August 12, 2009 at 1:10 am

  7. Oi amigo! Não sei o que está acontecendo com o tradutor, pois não consegui a tradução. Talvez quem sabe, haja problema com a configuração.

    Estou aguardando uma visita.




    August 11, 2009 at 11:06 pm

  8. I've never heard of an albino gorilla. I would love to find an actual picture. The white chocolate tribute looks very yummy indeed!
    Thanks for the interesting and informative posts.
    I very much enjoy them!


    August 11, 2009 at 7:24 pm