Start A Petition

Gorilla Walks Upright Like a Human

Animals  (tags: unusual, animals, interesting, odd )

- 2943 days ago -
A 500-pound gorilla named Ambam has become a sensation at a British animal park. [video clip]


We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.


Past Member (0)
Friday January 28, 2011, 3:51 pm
Thanks, Jae.

Marti Williams (170)
Friday January 28, 2011, 4:02 pm

Marian D (57)
Friday January 28, 2011, 4:15 pm
How interesting. Thanks

Jae A (316)
Friday January 28, 2011, 5:01 pm
Maybe he saw a clip of 'Big Foot/Sasquatch' and though , heck I can walk like that also seeing as how they are so similar in look. That or may he was tired of having sore achy nuckles. Whatever, that is one giant step for ....

Mac R (289)
Friday January 28, 2011, 5:25 pm
It would be interesting to see if any other gorillas in the same park imitate him after a while.

Dalia H (1280)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:15 pm
Noted and Thank You very much for posting and sharing with Us my Beloved Friend Jae.
GOD Bless You!
Much Love and Light,

Agnes H (144)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:20 pm
Noted and thank you Jae. You don't happen to know which zoo or park he's in do you?

Christine A (57)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:20 pm
LOL! Jae! -- Charles Darwin - where are you? I'm sure he would have been fascinated by Ambam! - Origin of the Species? :)

And Mac, it would be interesting to see if other gorillas copy him. Don't know about 'Sasquatch', but perhaps Ambam copied humans and found it a lot easier to walk like us.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:20 pm
Noted, thanks Jae. Sure looks like the footage I've seen of Sasquatch.

. (0)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:22 pm
Walking upright makes him look even more human. I've never understood how anyone can deny we are closely related to these magnificent creatures after looking into the face of a gorilla. I'm delighted to share my ancestry with this beautiful animal.

Constance F (418)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:23 pm
Yes, interesting...interesting to know whether he learned this behavior through watching humans, or developed on his own. And yes, Mac, interesting to see if others will try it out. Marvelous Animals. Thank you for the post, Jae.

Toni C (508)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:25 pm
This is neat, Jae! Kinda makes you wonder. Could it be he's aping [excuse the expression] the humans he sees walking around, and decided to try to do it himself?

Past Member (0)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:49 pm
Doesn't Ambam look magestic walking upright like that. He's a natural! Thanks for sharing Jae.

Jae A (316)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:52 pm
Apes have been observing humans walk around for ta say...but what caused Amba to just start walking that way after 25 years of not doing so ...real head-scratcher...but who time ...he might just decide, the same as with walking upright, to ......tell us ..why ! :-)


Carrie B (306)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:53 pm
I saw this on the news today and found it quite interesting, but just a bit frightening! Thanks, Jae. Great post!

Michael Carney (217)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:56 pm
Noted, very cool...Thanks Jae...

Christine A (57)
Friday January 28, 2011, 7:04 pm
Re your last post, Jae! - He'll also have to learn to talk first before he tells us why! ;) Makes one wonder if this is one of those supreme moments in the history of evolution when a member of a certain species just suddenly does something extraordinary that has never been done before.

Debbie Hogan (115)
Friday January 28, 2011, 7:06 pm
Well well well...Gives that much more credence to Darwin's theory, doesn't it? Stunning creature....and being the silverback leader, the others just might start imitating him, yes...

Barbara W (342)
Friday January 28, 2011, 7:15 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Jae because you have done so within the last week.

Barbara W (342)
Friday January 28, 2011, 7:24 pm
I have always found the mountain gorilla macnificent. It does not surprise me to see this and I think Dian Fossey, if she was still with us, would say "why do you think I did everything to protect these wonderous critters" They take my breath away and I still cry when I watch "Gorillas In The Mist" and watch as Digit fights to protect his family and is murderd by ignorant, gr$$dy, fools.. Thanks for the share Jai. I'm sure Gorilly Girl will love this.

Yvonne White (229)
Friday January 28, 2011, 7:49 pm
Gorillas are so cool! I hope this "sensation" causes more donations to keep them protected.

Gloria H (88)
Friday January 28, 2011, 7:55 pm
walks like some of my family...less hairy though. we know guerillas have been taught sign language..the one with his pet kitten named "Ball", and capable of emotions- became very sad when Ball why, do we so arrogantly still experiment on our distant relatives? Oh, I forgot, we used to own and treat other humans like subspecies a mere 116 years ago!

Terry King (113)
Friday January 28, 2011, 8:16 pm
I was considering going the other way!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday January 28, 2011, 8:46 pm
Thank you Jae
It's Sydney:)

Shirley S (187)
Friday January 28, 2011, 8:55 pm
Noted with interest

Kim O (396)
Friday January 28, 2011, 9:04 pm
Noted!! Thanks Jae!! A very smart gorilla!! Coool!

Ricardo C (66)
Friday January 28, 2011, 9:11 pm

Barbara Erdman (63)
Friday January 28, 2011, 9:16 pm
Too cool Jae, thanx :)

Denise P (65)
Friday January 28, 2011, 9:21 pm
Awww bless him! One of the articles I read said that he was walking upright so that he could see over the wall. How sad that he has to spend his whole life in captivity and not be free to roam in his natural habitat. Noted. Thank you Jae.

Susan L (150)
Friday January 28, 2011, 9:39 pm
Very interesting... and maybe Christine A is right, one of those "supreme moments history of evolution when a member of a certain species just suddenly does something extraordinary that has never been done before." After all, there has to be that moment. Amazing to think of it that way.

Bruce Eyster (62)
Friday January 28, 2011, 10:28 pm
The first thing I thought of was the Sasquach footage , as well .
Here's a sad but true , story :
There was a man who raised a chimp ; Mr. Moke , as you would a child and he taught the chimp to say "MAMA" and "BYE BYE " .
The man fell on hard times and worked out an agreement with the St. Louis Zoo , to keep Mr.Moke , till he could reclaim him . The Zoo put Mr. Moke in the entertainment section of the Chimp act . Where he would display his vocabulary and actually write MAMA on a blackboard .
When the original owner tried to reclaim Mr. Moke he found that he had to go to court and he actually lost the case . He then resorted to breaking into the Zoo and kid napping Mr. Moke . He was caught and arrested and Mr. Moke was returned to the St. Louis Zoo , where he suffered a sort of mental breakdown . He became withdrawn and never spoke again .
The original owner suffered as well and after both of thier deaths a statue was erected of them , hand in hand , in the Zoo .

Naoko i (257)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:03 pm
I just watched him on the TV news today. Very interesting and yes, he looks very natural.

Elsie Au (259)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:09 pm
It's interesting but I just wonder, will there be any long term bad effect on his body, such as his leg joints...kind like elephant who was force to walk on 2 legs and then developed hip/hindleg joint problem.

pam w (139)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:24 pm
With the exception of homo sapiens, apes don't generally walk fully upright because their knees don't "lock" the way ours do. This is very interesting. For those who don't accept evolution (I'm sorry for you, by the way) should just stop reading right now.

This gorilla is certainly demonstrating how our very distant common ancestor began to walk bipedally all the time. Gorillas and chimps normally walk bipedally only for short distances (when they're carrying something, for example.) This fellow must have some mutation or congenital condition which makes it comfortable for him to walk this way.

It's very interesting, especially hearing that his father has been seen doing the same thing.

Oh...and Bruce's story represents the reason why apes should never be raised to behave as humans. The man created a neurotic chimp for his own purposes. Poor Mr. Moke had no idea of his place in any society and was doomed to depression whether or not he went to the zoo. I'm quite certain they wanted to introduce him to others of his kind. It would have ended badly, regardless, since Mr. Moke would have eventually begun to attempt domination of everyone around him. This is the way of chimp's who they are..

This sort of thing should be illegal.

Alice C (1797)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:44 pm
Shared ~ Have a wonderful weekend !

KS Goh (0)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 12:22 am
Thanks for the article.

Mary L (132)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 12:56 am
Poor Ambam, how embarrassing to be compared to a human.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 2:05 am
Thanks Jae and love your comment Mary

Charmaine C (177)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 2:49 am
Tremendous stuff. Evolution.

Agree totally with Pam's comment on all points!

. (0)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 4:45 am
A shame that Ambam doesn't know sign language - then he could give us some idea of his thoughts on the matter. It was fascinating to watch the late Koko demonstrate such proficiency with sign language (and such utter sentience and comprehension.)

Sharon H (282)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 5:31 am
This needs to go to that dingbat Christine O'Donnell. Remember what she said about not being able to prove evolution existed because we still have monkeys and why don't they evolve into men? Well, here ya go Christine!

John Goodspeed (79)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 5:38 am
I have to admit that I'm a little worried about Ambam.

A very fine Anthropology professor of mine, Dick Flanders, once shared with the class that the human spine was still evolving and that, in approximately 50,000 years (if the human race didn't kill itself off before then) it will have modified itself so that WE HUMANS will be able to walk upright without the inevitable back-aches that nearly all of us suffer by the time we hit fifty years of age.

Poor Ambam's spine is much less suited for an upright posture than ours. The fact that he's a "silverback" shows us he's at least twelve years old and will probably start paying a price for his unique walking style fairly soon. Because he weighs about 500 pounds I don't envy him one little bit for the king-size back-aches that may be in store for him.

Stelizan L (258)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 6:20 am
'Send a Green Star to John Goodspeed. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.' Oh well - but I think I've 'fallen off the bus' with this one; we've known of gorillas / apes / orangutans walking 'upright' at times but yes, they're NOT suited for it and probably do pay the price at the end of the day.

Kit B (276)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 7:06 am
huh oh...According to the evolution deniers this is the proof, an ape that walks upright.

It's interesting but like Pam and John I wonder why this ape does walk upright. It's not natural for him, and may
caused by a physcial problem.

Patrizia S (315)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 7:42 am
Thanks, Jae.

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 8:12 am
Absolutely cool!

pam w (139)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 8:23 am
John, I appreciate your concern about this gorilla and I share it. I need to disagree with your professor, though. Evolution is driven by adaptations---and the human species has removed any need for adaptations as tools for survival.

For example--we keep people alive and thriving who NEVER would have survived to pass on genes for negative traits. Think of diabetes, Tay Sachs, epilepsy, haemophelia......these conditions SHOULD have died out and WOULD have died out, without modern medicine enabling their survival.

Individuals with less-than good intelligence are breeding and surviving because of social programs. In days past, they'd have failed to survive because they couldn't compete, while their stronger, more intelligent and more creative companions would have survived. Physical traits such as body strength, frequent estrus periods, keen eyesight/hearing, etc, aren't needed now.

Please not....that is FACT, not prejudice or a call for eugenics! If you think about it--you know I'm right.

Human evolution has probably run its course, unless some massive event kills off most of life forms and we begin again.

In many ways, I regret to say that. But...there it is.

Patricia Cannell (825)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 8:27 am
I found this very interesting Jae. Just makes me stop and wonder why all of a sudden this one single ape decided to start walking upright?

june bullied (553)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:21 am
wow! looks almost human!

Kathy Javens (104)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:29 am
Noted. As always, very interesting!! I wonder how long and how many of them do this?

Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 1:37 pm
Thanks Jae. I'm with John Goodspeed's theory's. Though the poor guy may have a severe lumbar problem from reaching up to the hands that fed/feed him (see Pam W's. adaptations).

Helene Cardinal (101)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 4:13 pm
'wow standing up like that kind of looks like my fiance lol lol

Jae A (316)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 7:31 pm
Helene... A few bottles of 'Nair' type solution can help change his look but I doubt he will change his walk :-).

Cindy C (125)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 3:36 am
wonderful aw

Mandi T (366)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 10:48 am
Crack up Jae. Great post, very interesting.
Reminds me of guy I know LOL

Aisha Desince (39)
Monday January 31, 2011, 4:50 am
Noted thanks

. (0)
Monday January 31, 2011, 10:01 am
When I worked as a volunteer at our zoo many moons ago, I saw this only once from one of our Silverbacks.
It was a sight to behold.

Annick Letourneau (67)
Monday January 31, 2011, 2:53 pm
Funny, wow! A x

Mary T (178)
Monday January 31, 2011, 6:06 pm
Noted thanks Jae

Jae A (316)
Monday January 31, 2011, 7:22 pm
Great post/comments everyone.
I am sure that by now there are a lot of animal health care providers who are very interested in him and will do all they can to help with any problems he might end up with for this upright walking he's doing . Just as the doc's for for humans and their backs,knees,etc..
I for one hope that there are follow-up stories about this one.

Trequl M (170)
Monday February 7, 2011, 8:32 am
Noted with thanks.

Phyllis P (232)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 2:16 pm
Saw this on the Today Show. Pretty amazing. I think they said his parents would occasionally walk upright as well.
Or, log in with your
Facebook account:
Please add your comment: (plain text only please. Allowable HTML: <a>)

Track Comments: Notify me with a personal message when other people comment on this story

Loading Noted By...Please Wait


butterfly credits on the news network

  • credits for vetting a newly submitted story
  • credits for vetting any other story
  • credits for leaving a comment
learn more

Most Active Today in Animals

Content and comments expressed here are the opinions of Care2 users and not necessarily that of or its affiliates.

New to Care2? Start Here.