Gorillas Walking Upright?

January 27, 2011

Gorillas Walking Upright?

A story on MSNBC.com and in other media today shows photos of a western lowland gorilla at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in England (run by the Aspinall Foundation) who seems to be better than usual at walking upright (on his hind legs).

Gorillas normally walk on all fours, but are capable of walking upright when needed for short periods of time, such as when they are going to beat their chests, engage in an encounter, or are carrying something (such as food or an infant). This gorilla, named Ambam, according to park keepers has a family history of upright walking, often with arms full of food. Sounds like he and his family have found a great way to carry more food, quickly, to wherever they enjoy taking it!