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Gorilla Walks Like Humans (Video)

A male gorilla named Ambam from England has learned to stand upright and walk in the manner humans do.

“We think he might use it to get a height advantage to look over the wall when keepers come to feed him and standing up can also help him in looking for food generally in his enclosure as it gives him a better vantage point,” said zookeeper Phil Ridges (Source: BBC). Fully extended, he is about six feet tall.

Zoo keepers also speculated he does it in cold and wet weather to keep his upper appendages dry, and that it helps him carry more food when he doesn’t knuckle-walk. Ambam is a critically endangered Western lowland gorilla at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. His father lived at the same facility, and was said to have also walked. Both his full sister and half sister have also been seen walking.

Whatever the reasons, it is quite striking, and if it was a common practice for all gorillas, it certainly would remove some doubt as to their closeness to humans.

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7:24AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:58PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Swagger?- such a male comment.

8:54AM PST on Feb 29, 2012


3:01PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

great video ty

2:59AM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

everything is possible...we are relatives...

4:27AM PST on Feb 24, 2011


7:35PM PST on Feb 10, 2011

Humans walk like gorrillas!

11:51AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Gorilla's are such beautiful and amazing beings. People can learn from them. How they enjoy each others company and life in a peaceful and uncomplicated way. They know what is important in life....

11:48AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Gorilla's are just so beautiful and amazing. I admire the way they behave, just enjoying each others company and live in a peaceful and natural atmosphere, being happy with basic things. That is surely something people can learn from them.

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