Gorilla shocks researchers by standing upright
Jan 27, 2011
A Gorilla at Britain's Port Lympne Wild Animal Park shocked trainers at the facility when he stood on his hind legs, much like a human. It appears as though the ape's ability to stand upright may be hereditary, reports MSNBC.
Animal researcher Johanna Watson managed to catch the feat on tape, and posted the clip onto the YouTube, where it was viewed more than 250,000 times. The Western lowland gorilla, named Ambam, currently weighs a whopping 485 pounds.
"Ambam's father Bitam used to display the same behavior if he had handfuls of food to carry," Phil Ridges, the gorilla keeper at the animal park, told the news source. "Ambam also has a full sister, Tamba, and a half sister... who also sometimes stand and walk in the same way."
Ridges added that most gorillas can stand upright to some extent, but few have mastered the skill like Ambam. Walking on his hind legs allows the primate to carry more food and avoid getting his hands wet during rainstorms.
According to National Geographic, Western lowland gorillas are endangered, and typically live in heavy rain forests in various parts of Africa.