World: Gorilla boss Mapema: Popps animal fan in the Duisburg Zoo

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The fact that Germany's flagship soccer player Alexandra Popp is particularly well-known. What a few know: The 31-year-old captain of the DFB team has a special friend and fan in the Duisburg Zoo: Mapema, the magnificent head of the Gorilla family, conquered the heart of dog lover Popp in 2011. At the time, the Gevelsberger completed an internship in the Duisburg Zoo and was also involved in the care and support of the great apes.

Gorilla Mapema. © Mathias Appel/Zoo Duisburg/dpa/archive image Gorilla Mapema.

«Mapema is one of our character animals and absolute attractions. At the time, he apparently grabbed Ms. Popp emotionally and was one of the reasons why she later trained as a zookeeper, »said Zoo spokesman Christian Schreiner of the German Press Agency. Born in 1996, the Gorilla boss has lived in Duisburg since 2007 and has had a number of descendants since then. Mapema games - like Popp - also like with balls or searches for food that the zookeepers hid for him.

when the 20 -year -old player of FCR Duisburg was still at the beginning of her career. Everyone is currently talking about the captain because she led the German eleven to the European Championship final against host England on Sunday (6:00 p.m./ARD) in the London Wembley Stadium. And it shouldn't be surprised if Mapema Popp is keeping his fingers crossed on Sunday.

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