King Kong (Kong Reborn)

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King Kong (Kong Reborn)
Kong as he appears on the cover of Kong Reborn
Alternate names The Kid, Kong Mark II, Junior
Species Gorilla insulaecranii[1]
Height 18 feet,[2]
~6 feet (Juvenile)[3]
Weight 4 tons,[2]
200 pounds (Infant),[4]
400 pounds (Child),[5]
3 tons (Adolescent),[6]
Forms Infant, Child, Adolescent, Juvenile
Relations Matthilde (Mother), King Kong ("Father"),
Leonardo (DNA source),
Laurel Otani (Primary caretaker)
Created by Russell Blackford
First appearance Kong Reborn

Kong, otherwise known as The Kid, Kong Mark II, or Junior, is a teenage incarnation of King Kong that first appeared in the 2005 ibooks novel, Kong Reborn.

Appearance

From birth, Kong resembled an ordinary gorilla, only much larger. He had brown eyes, and as a child, like most gorillas, he had reddish-brown fur that disappeared as his fur grew out with age. It was expected that the Gorilla parts of his genome would kick in at some point and he would become Silverback.

Origins

After the original Kong's blood was discovered on the side of the Empire State Building in 1999, some of it was sold to Jack Denham on the black market, and in January of 2004, efforts began to clone the monster. Unfortunately, only about 70% of his genome was able to be reconstructed, so the gaps were filled in with Bonobo DNA, and DNA belonging to a young male gorilla named Leonardo from the Bronx Zoo, and the blood cells were inserted into ova from his surrogate mother, a gorilla named Matthilde. The reconstruction of his "father"'s DNA makes him a distinct species from the original Kong.

History

Kong Reborn

After the blood cells were accepted by Matthilde's ova, eleven of the twelve succeeded without any of the defects typical in primate cloning. Three were selected to be implanted into Matthilde, but only two attached, and the more robust of the two was chosen to keep on while the other was terminated. Kong gestated within Matthilde from November of 2004 until March of 2005, when the fetus was removed because he was getting too big for Matthilde to deliver. He was placed in a kind of tiny "space suit" for transfer and was placed into the artificial womb, where he grew for the next year until they felt he could safely survive on the outside. He was finally born in March of 2006, and was housed in the lower level zoos and farms of Denham Products. The only human Kong was exposed to for the first four months of his life was Laurel Otani, who came to be the closest thing he had to a mother, and fed him from a two pint bottle wearing a gorilla suit. When he grew too big in August of 2006, Otani slipped some tranquilizers into his dinner of soft fruits and milk and he awoke in total awe of a special greenhouse enclosure on the roof, surrounded by grass and tropical plants.

However as Kong grew, he began to enter puberty and suffer moody spells, which culminated in a full-on tantrum in March of 2008. After failing to reach a mango high up in a tree, Kong tore off the branch and must have enjoyed the sensation, as he then tore apart the entire enclosure, flinging dirt, plants, toys and feces. He then went to sleep and felt better. It was theorized that Kong had entered puberty early because of his not being able to have a normal relationship with a mother, coupled with his abnormal existence. It was then decided to try and repatriate Kong to Skull Island.

In December, the legal battles had been settled, and the Skull Island voyage was being planned. A press release was held in front of Kong's enclosure, and the rapidly maturing ape's eyes were almost level with the twelve foot high fence around the observation area. He was curious, and glad to have visitors, but was relatively disinterested and lay down to watch them. However, Laurel then entered with Roxanne Blaine, a Bionimals scientist, whom Kong took a liking to incredibly fast, and even grew curious enough to touch her a few times before being firmly rejected. This made Kong a bit sad, but as time wore on he began to stop getting out of bed except to get something to eat, and so the scientists began to visit him for an hour every morning to socialize with him. Kong began to relish the experience, and took up the habit of watching over the edge of the building, which one day lead him to roar and beat against the plexiglass until it began to crack. The guards fired a tranquilizer dart at him, but his constant motion caused it to graze off him. However, feeling the blast made him go bananas yet again. He once again tore up his habitat and threw plants, dirt, and dung before slamming his body against the windows until they broke and he began to climb down the building.

On the street, Kong utterly destroyed many cars by smashing them or throwing them until he smelled Central Park on the air, and began making his way there when Jack hit him in his back with a tranquilizer. Kong turned and began angrily approaching the man as police and helicopters swarmed, but the dart took effect and put Kong to sleep. He was then put in a cage made for mammoths and transported to California, where he was approached on the tarmac outside of the Tropical Explorer by Blaine and Otani, who tried to comfort the sulking ape. On the ship, he was transferred from the cage to a pen, allowing him more room. However, Kong could smell the island and grew incredibly restless, entering an awful roaring fit, and continued his fits until he was tranquilized and carried by helicopter to the beach. When he awoke, he was coaxed by Laurel toward the beach, and on realizing his freedom, he began to run around the beach, and his mood improved considerably. After roaring in celebration, he entered a shouting match with unseen creatures on the other side of the wall.

The next day, Laurel gave a tearful goodbye, which confused Kong, and he and a team of humans entered the jungle. There, Kong happily ran ahead of the team before constantly doubling back. In the jungle he encountered many awe-inspiring things like Giant Guars, a giant fruit tree, Stegosaurs, and Hadrosaurs, however, when he became entangled in a carnivorous vine, he tried to run away, losing some fur and bits of flesh in the process. Kong quickly recovered, but the party was soon attacked by vicious Raptors. They took down a few of the humans, who shot at the beasts while Kong twisted them in his hands or threw them far over his shoulder until they retreated. After a brief burial, the trek continued. However, they were eventually attacked by a Carnosaur, which crushed one of the humans underfoot while charging, and tore another in half with its jaws. It quickly turned around and used its muscular tail to injure a great deal of the party. The rest of the humans attacked with tranquilizer darts and live rounds as Kong attacked. Not being fully grown, Kong maneuvered under the Meat-Eater and begat biting at its throat. Despite the reptile's best efforts, it eventually succumbed to the onslaught of man and ape. Even so, deeper into the jungle the Raptors returned. Kong smelled them, but that didn't prevent them from killing most of the crew, and nearly overpowering him before his roars attracted a giant, fully grown male gorilla.

Together they killed the Raptors, but immediately afterward, they began to challenge one another for dominance, and Kong refused to give up, and even used a tree trunk as a weapon, but only survived with the help of Jack and Roxanne, who dosed the adult with tranquilizers. Kong roared in "triumph", but heard a female call in response, and he immediately ran toward the sound, leaving his human companions behind. He immediately attempted to mate with the female, but she was disinterested and swatted him away. Kong then followed her into what the humans called the "green cathedral," a sanctuary of giant gorillas. Kong watched in wonder and apprehension before seeing that his friends were there and being menaced by another group of humans with guns. Kong called for help, and his adversary from earlier and all the other giant gorillas beat them to pulp. Afterward, many gorillas came up to Kong and gave him curious sniffs, and did not object to his presence, which effectively indoctrinated him into the troop. He found another young male gorilla, and the two began to wrestle playfully. The next morning, Jack and Roxanne had left him effectively repatriated.

Abilities

Physical Strength

  • While not fully grown, Kong has shown immense strength compared to other gorillas. He was capable of uprooting fruit trees as a child, and could break off trees and throw 1000 pound Raptors far over his shoulder before even reaching adulthood.

Sapience

  • Kong has shown the ability to use tools. He displayed this when he broke off a tree to use as a lance-like weapon.

Trivia

  • Kong has, or at one point had, several small probes inserted just below his skin to research his mental condition.

References

This is a list of references for The Boy Who Cried Godzilla/Sandbox/The Kid. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Russell Blackford. Kong Reborn. ibooks. p. 97. November 1, 2005. ISBN: 1-59687-133-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Russell Blackford. Kong Reborn. ibooks. p. 238. November 1, 2005. ISBN: 1-59687-133-4.
  3. Russell Blackford. Kong Reborn. ibooks. p. 122. November 1, 2005. ISBN: 1-59687-133-4.
  4. Russell Blackford. Kong Reborn. ibooks. p. 92. November 1, 2005. ISBN: 1-59687-133-4.
  5. Russell Blackford. Kong Reborn. ibooks. p. 109. November 1, 2005. ISBN: 1-59687-133-4.
  6. Russell Blackford. Kong Reborn. ibooks. p. 137. November 1, 2005. ISBN: 1-59687-133-4.

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