Calgary Herald

British gorilla walks like a man


KENT, U.K. • Is it evolution in action, or is Ambam just smarter than your average, um, gorilla?

A Silverback gorilla housed at a British nature park in Kent is the newest Internet sensation after a clip of the ape walking upright on his hind legs like a human was posted to YouTube. The footage of Ambam, a 21-year-old male gorilla who was born in captivity, was filmed last April by animal researcher Johanna Watson while working on a project on great ape locomotion. The handlers think he might stand up to get a height advantage to look over the wall.

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