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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Gorilla becomes cameraman

A gorilla became a cameraman for a day - with amazing results - at a wildlife park on Jersey.

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust gave an HD camera to Ya Kwanza, a 27-year-old silverback, to see what he would come up with.

The charity provide their gorillas with 'enrichment devices' to encourage them to forage for food and keep them mentally stimulated.

This time, the bright yellow box was not only coated with honey and oats and stuffed with raisins, but was also fitted with a hi-tech camera.

The idea came from one of the charity's mammal keepers Jon Stark, who has taken care of the critically endangered western lowland gorillas for four years.

He wondered what it would be like to take a look at life from the primate's perspective.

The resulting footage shows the silverback investigating the device and meticulously picking out raisins with a surprisingly delicate touch.

He then turns cameraman and takes a number of close ups and profile shots before peeling off the branding on the case.

Ya Kwanza then perfectly captures a shot of Jon asking for the device back, before happily throwing the box to his waiting keeper on the outside of the enclosure.

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