Gorilla Walks Like Humans. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes?
Normally, gorillas “knuckle-walk”. They use their legs and long arms, putting weight on their knuckles with the fingers rolled into the hands. This gorilla is one of the rare ones who have learned to walk like us.
Meet Ambam, a 25-year-old lowland gorilla who lives in Port Lympne Wild Animal Park near Ashford, Kent, England. Amazingly, Ambam can stand and walk in an upright position just like humans. His rare walking habit has made him an internet sensation.
All gorillas have the capability to stand upright but not as erect as Ambam. He can perfectly balance himself by using his hind legs. He is not actually the only gorilla who can walk like a human in the park; he has been imitated by his sister, Tamba and his son, Kabale.
Port Lympne’s Phil Ridges, manager of gorilla section said, “All gorillas have the ability to stand upright to some degree, although they often choose not to, but Ambam and his sister have a particular talent at standing and walking completely upright on two legs.”
Ambam was born on April 14, 1990 at the park’s sister, Howletts Wild Animal Park near Canterbury, Kent. The 500 lbs. gorilla was taken away from his mother, Shumba, when he was one year old due to a serious illness and had to undergo an extensive treatment. After recovery, he was then introduced to a young band of gorillas and lives in the park.