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27 January 2011 @ 05:48 pm
Walking Gorillas  
Article in the Daily Mail (oh! the embarrassment)

As far as I can work out, one of B's postdoc's took a video of a walking Gorilla as part of a project on modelling locomotion. B. then showed it to some people making a documentary on Bigfoot who asked if they could use it. B said they needed to ask the zoo for permission first (the original permission for filming was for scientific use only). The zoo asked if they could use it too and put it on their YouTube feed where it suddenly became surprisingly popular and attracted the attention of such prestigious publications (*ahem*) as the Daily Mail.

B. is happy anyway, Daily Mail notwithstanding.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/32982.html.
fififolle: Anteater - I love Baby Anteatersfififolle on January 27th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
That's fantastic!! LOL. Look at him go *veg*

LOL, I was considering a trip to Port Lympne after we'd been to the SFX Weekender, but it's a bit pricey for only having half a day in cold February :D But I would have loved to go. I have mixed feelings about wildlife parks, of course, but how can you resist the stars of Roar! ?
Port Lympne and Howletts ftw *g*
Susanlil_shepherd on January 27th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
You can easily spend a whole day at Port Lympne, and there is also some interesting architecture and, in particular, artwork.

When I was last there we were early and all the wolves were howling. It was a stunning experience...
fififolle: Merman by Rospberryfififolle on January 27th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! I want to go even more now.
We wouldn't have been able to have a whole day, so it seems too expensive to try.
One day, I hope!! Thanks :D
louisedennislouisedennis on January 28th, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
I think most people involved in conservation/zoology have mixed feelings about them but B. says an awful lot of the people involved in animal welfare were first inspired by seeing animals in zoos. In his opinion they play a bigger role in getting people to care about creatures than they are often given credit for.
fififolle: Anteater - I love Baby Anteatersfififolle on January 28th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
There's a lot to be said for that, and I don't know just how essential all the 'conservation' work they do is, but a well-run place surely has a decent role somehow. Education has to be well worth it. Plus I love going! LOL.

I saw the footage of Ambam on the TV news, LOL.
lukadreaminglukadreaming on January 27th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Heh! Bet the uni press office is happy *g*.
louisedennislouisedennis on January 28th, 2011 10:01 am (UTC)
Everyone is frantically playing catch up at the moment since this was planned or managed at all. It's amusing to think the press releases may follow the story rather than start it...
telperion_15telperion_15 on January 27th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yep, saw this on the local news this morning - unsurprisingly it was there final 'happy fun' story in the bulletin *g*
louisedennislouisedennis on January 28th, 2011 10:03 am (UTC)
It's quite interesting, in and of itself, that 'Gorilla walks like a person' has proved of so much interest to people. It's not exactly news that they can do this although Ambam does it a lot more than most.
bunnbunn on January 28th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
I have been resisting posting the comment 'walking like that that he looks exactly like our neighbour Colin!' on the grounds that I *know* across the land, millions of people are all saying the same thing. In the same way that if you stand outside a wildcat enclosure, you will hear person after person going 'Hey! He looks just like Tibbles!' and chimpanzee enclosures are constantly surrounded by people copying the apes.

But I can no longer resist.
bunnbunn on January 28th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Peoplewatching by the chimp enclosure at Chester Zoo made me think that chimp anthropologists would get the oddest ideas.

"This Ooo!Oo! Oo! noise seems to come up a lot"

"Yes, and I notice they usually do that strange arm motion at the same time. Doesn't seem to be related to food or mating".

"It could have ritual significance?"

"It seems very likely"

*chimp anthropologists nod sagely and make notes in poo smeared on the wall*
louisedennislouisedennis on January 29th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
There's a zoo somewhere that deliberately put the playground next to the chimp enclosure so they could get cross-mimcry between the children and the chimps. It was part of the enrichment program.

Clearly part of the attraction of the video seems to be that the way he walks is so typical of a certain build of man.