30 January 2011


You must have seen this news story. Ambam, the thirty four stone lowland gorilla at Port Lympne Wildlife Park in Kent, England has astounded observers by getting up on his hind legs occasionally and walking like a man. It is believed that he is simply mimicking his human captors or perhaps he finds his increased height useful for observing the impending arrival of food. Well if Ambam can do this, I am going to start harrumphing down the street on all fours!


  1. The video has been just about everywhere I click on the Internet. It's interesting, but does it mean anything other than a mimick? Will the other gorillas follow suit?

    If you feel you must ape the gorilla (heehee), remember to use your knuckles when you're harrumphing around on all fours, not the palms of your hands.

  2. Yes it has made the news here too. Interesting.

  3. Let me know when you are going to do your harrumphing down the street, YP and I will bring my camera. ;)

  4. Bob has a well-used gorilla suit I could send you, if you really want an authentic experience. It even has "hands" so you won't get your knuckles dirty. I believe it smells of beer, though, and it can't be cleaned. Would that be a problem?


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