M'Toto eats sumptuously. For breakfast: milk, cereal, orange juice and limewater. For a midmorning snack: 25 bananas and a quantity of guava jelly. For dinner: a quart of vegetable soup, three eggs, chicken salad, vegetable puree, and lemon or apple pie, which she downs without a belch. For tea: milk, cereal and some tapioca. For supper: a baked apple with milk and biscuits. Between times she raids the icebox in the servants' kitchen. Her weakness is ice cream. She will steal a quart at a time, hurry off to the garage roof and sit there hilariously gorging herself. Because she likes to smoke and tip the bottle—forbidden dissipations—Mr. Hoyt keeps cigars and liquor locked up.
Only times M'Toto is dangerous are when she is crossed or when she thinks Mrs. Hoyt is being attacked. Once, when her mistress brought a photographer into the garden, M'Toto uncomprehendingly grabbed Mrs. Hoyt to protect her, accidentally knocked her down. Mrs. Hoyt had to have six stitches taken in her scalp.
For the bride-to-be, Mr. North is building a duplicate of Gargantua's cage, plans to put the cages side by side until Gargantua gets used to seeing M'Toto around. Because of Gargantua's sour nature, introductions will be cautious and lengthy. Not until the irascible Gargantua shows signs of affection will he be let into her cage.
One discordant doubt has crept into the romance. From scientists came the suggestion that North may have more on his hands than he bargained for. Although the Hoyts should know whether M'Toto is a he or a she, determination of a gorilla's sex is difficult. Zoologist William Mann, director of Washington's National Zoological Park, said he was under the impression that M'Toto was a male. Anthropologist Adolf Hans Schultz said that there had been several classic mistakes in the past when zoos attempted to mate gorillas. Said Dr. Schultz: ''I should like to have a ringside seat when Toto and Gargantua are placed together. If they are both males there will be one hell of a fight."