Louis, the bipedal gorilla

Philadelphia Zoo/Facebook

People love this gorilla that walks like a human

Although gorillas occasionally walk on two legs, this one seems to make a habit of it.

Mar 19, 2018, 7:32 pm

Internet Culture

David Britton 

David Britton

Meet Louis, the gorilla that prefers to walk like a human.

Snacking on the Run

Although gorillas occasionally walk on two legs (bipedal), it is less common. Not for Louis though – he can often be seen walking bipedally when his hands are full of snacks or when the ground is muddy (so he doesn't get his hands dirty)!Thanks to Zoo docent Sharon for sharing this clip!

Posted by Philadelphia Zoo on Monday, March 5, 2018

“Although gorillas occasionally walk on two legs (bipedal), it is less common,” the Philadelphia Zoo said in a post on Facebook “Not for Louis though – he can often be seen walking bipedally when his hands are full of snacks or when the ground is muddy (so he doesn’t get his hands dirty)!”

The zoo first posted the video about two weeks ago, but it really took off yesterday when CBS News reposted it to Twitter.

Everyone seemed to agree that it looked like Louis had some very important business to attend to.

https://twitter.com/thatswordwang/status/975769982264102912

https://twitter.com/unwelcomewords_/status/975611280450113536

Some people seemed to identify with his walk.

https://twitter.com/mstrdrmz/status/975761667194802176

walk like a gorilla

While others were just scared that this was the beginning of the end.

https://twitter.com/KastroDaOne/status/975508351273627649

And one woman just wished Louis would give some hygiene lessons to her kid.

gorilla cleaner than son

Gorillas share DNA with humans, so maybe it’s not too surprising that Louis, who grew up in captivity, has started imitating the humans he sees every day. One woman even reported seeing him act like he was on the phone while walking on two legs.

Gorilla on phone

Maybe the zookeepers should give him a smartphone just to see what happens. If he starts tweeting, then we’ll know we’re in trouble.

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2018, 7:32 pm