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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Breakdancing gorilla goes viral

A gorilla caught on film 'breakdancing' at a zoo in Canada has become an online star.

Keepers at Calgary Zoo filmed eight-year-old Zola dancing in a puddle of water, reports the Calgary Sun.

They say he gets so excited about playing in water that he breaks out into spontaneous little dances.

The clip, which has attracted 425,000 hits on YouTube, shows Zola splashing, spinning on one heel and stomping through the puddle.

Calgary Zoo spokeswoman Laurie Skene said the zoo was trying to raise awareness about the plight of the highly-endangered Western Lowland gorillas.

As part of that, the zoo's senior gorilla keeper had taken a pocket video camera into the enclosure so he could capture some "gorilla stuff".

"He told us that Zola likes to play in water and just caught this moment in time," said Skene.

"The whole behaviour of just being fascinated with water and splashing and playing is something that they do in the wild and some gorillas do in captivity as well.

"I don't think we had any idea that it would gain this kind of popularity - and in essence raise that much awareness."

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