The Huffington Post
Apparently humans aren't the only ones who know how to multi-task. Ambam, a
Western Lowland Gorilla, has recently become famous for walking upright on his
hind legs, MSNBC reports. Phil Ridges, a keeper at Britain's Port Lympne Wild
Animal Park, speculates that Ambam may have begun walking on his hind legs when
he had his hands full with logs - the gorilla probably discovered that he could
both walk and carry items at the same time.
It's also possible that Ambam wanted a height advantage to peer over the wall
and spot when keepers were bringing him food. Lastly, Ridges suggests that by
standing upright, Ambam's hands don't get wet when it's raining. Quite good
Ambam isn't the first gorilla to walk on his hindlegs. In fact, this unusual
upright walking style was also seen in Ambam's father and sister.
Ambam is part of a group of critically endangered species at the park, which is
run by The Aspinall Foundation, a group that also runs gorilla rescue projects
in Congo and Gabon.