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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.
WATCH: This gorilla named Louis likes to walk like a human -- especially when the ground is muddy, so he doesn't get his hands dirty, the Philadelphia Zoo says. pic.twitter.com/8HMRis0Fud— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 18, 2018
Everyone seemed to agree that it looked like Louis had some very important business to attend to.
This gorilla is about to have a strong word with someone's manager... https://t.co/Jfk7lFlhbm— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) March 19, 2018
mom says it's my turn on the xbox https://t.co/51wzPSu2Xm— jamie (@thatswordwang) March 19, 2018
When you use the bathroom but you ran out of tissue and have to rush to the other bathroom https://t.co/9C7Ql5Ei56— Mikki (@unwelcomewords_) March 19, 2018
Some people seemed to identify with his walk.
This was me clocking a Krispy Kreme stand at Costco giving out halves of donuts at the weekend. https://t.co/jWe7i2FFsT— drumz (@mstrdrmz) March 19, 2018
While others were just scared that this was the beginning of the end.
Planet of the Apes: Act 1 https://t.co/tN5Rsjpwft— KING (@KastroDaOne) March 18, 2018
Don't let them fool you. This is how it all begins. https://t.co/mjfVWHSPZr— Biomage (@The_Biomage) March 19, 2018
You know who else walks upright? CAESAR.— Jeremy Simser (@JeremySimser) March 18, 2018
We should be scared. https://t.co/eSxa7bJ9i0
And one woman just wished Louis would give some hygiene lessons to her kid.
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.
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.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.