Louis looks just like any other gorillas. He is an 18-year-old male western lowland gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo. However, he has recently become famous when a video of him went viral online.
The video showed the gorilla walking on his hind legs with a few small orange balls in his hand. Those were actually tomatoes given to him by the zookeepers.
While it isn’t actually rare for gorillas to walk on two legs, Louis had made a habit out of doing so regularly.
“He can often be seen walking bipedally when his hands are full of snacks or when the ground is muddy”
the zoo wrote
Michael Stern, curator of primates and small mammals at the Philadelphia Zoo said that gorillas do walk on twos. They do so when they are playing, trying to look big and strong or when they are entering a swamp. However, they only do that for a few seconds while Louis does so for an extended period.
Apparently, the 18-year-old is a clean freak. When his hands are full of tomatoes or other snacks, he will walk upright to keep the food and his hands clean.
Furthermore, Louis tends to avoid mud as much as possible. There is an area in the enclosure that will form a puddle when it rains; while it does not affect the zoo’s 6 other gorillas, Louis will stay away from it.
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