18 November 2011

A Sacrastic Gorilla?

The Metro , a couple of days ago, reported on a worrying new phenomenon, to wit, a sarcastic gorilla. The un-named primate at Jerusalem Zoo gets rather annoyed when visitors applaud his dances.

He gets so annoyed that when they start clapping, he stops dancing, gives them a sarky grin, and mimics them precisely. His antics have attracted plenty of attention, so at feeding time his enclosure is always surrounded.

As his keepers go in to feed the gorillas  most go straight for the grub - but not Gavin. When the crowds started applauding, he took a step away from the bunch and sat, one eye closed, clapping away and staring out the audience.

The problem for the gorilla is that the joke's now backfired on him. People know he's sarcastic so they're clapping just to get a rise out of him.

What next? chimps using meiosis (not in the sense of gametogenesis)  or orang utans using litotes?  This could be the very start of the Planet of the Apes... Run for your lives!


SnoopyTheGoon said...

It's widely known by now that gorillas, like many other clever animals, hide their intellectual abilities in order to continue being fed, nurtured and otherwise pampered by stupid humans. Gavin may have inadvertently slipped...

jams o donnell said...

True, just like our cats manipulate us eh?