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Gorilla Strolls on Hind Legs

Animals  (tags: animals, gorilla, western lowland gorilla, primates, animal behavior, wildanimals, endangered )

- 3032 days ago -
A gorilla has achieved fame for walking upright on his hind legs like a human at a British animal park. Ambam, a Western lowland gorilla, was filmed strolling about his enclosure by animal researcher Johanna Watson. She posted the clip on YouTube


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Marti Williams (170)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 1:26 pm
Thanks yrna...interesting...

Barb Knight (1685)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 1:53 pm
I'm not surprised they're very intelligent animals that learn from observing. And besdies, they are our closet animal relative we have. Please read my post Chimpanzees Outsmart Hunters. Thanks Yrna!

criss s (4)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 2:02 pm
Noted, ty

Shirley S (187)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 6:06 pm
Is it SO unusual?

Nancy sands (448)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 6:58 pm
I 'd like to sit down at a bar with him-have a few drinks and hear what he had to say!

. (0)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 7:29 pm
yrna thx & i love it already, having not even opened it up yet! a great looking silverback!

Ingrid A (524)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 11:02 pm
Interesting. Noted. Thank you Yrna.

Michael Carney (217)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 11:04 pm
Nancy, It'd be a way more intelligent conversation than you'd have with $arah

Eva O (60)
Friday January 28, 2011, 12:19 am
This looks very interesting indeed, just from looking at the picture. Animals can be such intelligent creatures. Thank you for sharing!

Christina McCabe (35)
Friday January 28, 2011, 1:30 am
Puts me in mind of the Bernard Malamud novel 'God's Grace'.......

Jean Lord (46)
Friday January 28, 2011, 1:37 am
Interesting. Thanks.

Farah Hage Ali (154)
Friday January 28, 2011, 3:39 am
very attractive, thank you

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:20 am
Check out full story

Ambam's father Bitam used to display the same behaviour if he had handfuls of food to carry. Ambam also has a full sister, Tamba, and a half sister at Howletts, who also sometimes stand and walk in the same way. All gorillas can do it to some extent but we haven't got any who do it like Ambam and he is quite a celebrity at the park.

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. Ambam can also carry a lot more food if he stands and uses both hands and walking on two feet also means he doesn't get his hands wet when it is raining!'

Susan S (187)
Friday January 28, 2011, 4:36 pm
Interesting. He reminds me of a movie star...king kong maybe??? (just kidding)

Mary T (178)
Friday January 28, 2011, 4:47 pm
Very interesting article.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Friday January 28, 2011, 6:31 pm
he has a cool swagger

Brian Drake (11)
Friday January 28, 2011, 7:00 pm
Walk like a man. Talk like a man. Walk like a man my soooon.

Robert B (10)
Friday January 28, 2011, 7:19 pm

Walter Firth (45)
Friday January 28, 2011, 7:33 pm
Signed and noted. If only he could talk I would nominate him as a Larbor Party candidate in our next state election.he would be sure to liven up the parliament.

Sue McGuey (106)
Friday January 28, 2011, 7:55 pm
Noted.....what a cool dude!!!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 30, 2011, 1:59 pm
noted....kewl dude.....and we are still searching for the missing evolutionary link...interesting...

Jose Ovidio Perez Morel (50)
Monday January 31, 2011, 1:03 pm

Jeannette A (137)
Monday January 31, 2011, 5:02 pm
What interesting fun... proof that animals adapt the same as humans and we shouldn't feel so blessed superior to them. All things being equal, I expect they are a tad more intelligent considering their environmental needs and definitely more stable than their human cousins.

Trequl M (170)
Friday February 4, 2011, 8:30 am
Noted with thanks.
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