A recent video taken at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina shows four grown gorillas hilariously doing their best to avoid the rain.
Zookeeper Brooke Hunsinger states that gorillas might be magnificent, majestic creatures full of grace and beauty, but that’s not the case when it rains.
Gorillas like other apes including humans find it hard to swim naturally which then prompts them to abstain from wide areas of water such as Lakes and Rivers.
They are known to only attempt to cross streams if they can do so without getting wet and are also averse to rain. In the case of a heavy rain shower, they tend to stay motionless and wait for the rain to finish.
If there is a cave or similar shelter near-by, they will sit underneath it until the rain is done, however quite interestingly they will never choose large leaves or branches to cover themselves, unlike their counter parts orangutans and bonobos who generally use this tactic.
See this interesting video below:
It has been recorded however that both the adult and young gorillas like to play around with water, for example when in quest for their food, gorillas’ tend to walk through swamps on their legs keeping water levels up to their waist.
In the animal kingdom, it has always been assumed that the larger the brain, the more intelligent the animal.
Humans have the largest brain of all the primates by far, weighing at an average of 1.25kg, second comes the gorilla at approx. 500g.
There was a story quite a few years ago of Koko the gorilla who mastered sign language, she was renowned for her emotional depth and ability to communicate in sign language.
She became an international celebrity during her life, with a vocabulary of more than 1000 signs and the ability to understand more than 2000 words of spoken English.
Koko was smart enough to comprehend and use aspects of our language, she showed us what all great apes are capable of upon reaching a very high level of intelligence.
In addition to language, Koko’s behavior also revealed emotions similar to those of humans.
Amongst the many human-like traits that made Koko special was she seemed to have a sense of humor, and even a bit of playful mischievousness.