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VIDEO: Ambam the Gorilla Walks Upright
YouTube ^ | January 27, 2011 | pangeaprogressblog

Posted on 01/28/2011 7:03:37 PM PST by PJ-Comix

A gorilla has achieved fame for walking upright on his hind legs like a human at a British animal park.

Ambam, a Western lowland gorilla, was filmed strolling about his enclosure by animal researcher Johanna Watson.

She posted the clip on YouTube, where it has been viewed by more than 250,000 people.

Ambam, a 21-year-old silverback, is part of a bachelor group of the critically endangered animals at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, which is run by an international conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation.

Gorilla that walks like a man Gorilla keeper Phil Ridges said Ambam, who now weighs 485 pounds, had been hand-reared at another animal park when he was a one-year-old for several months because he was ill.

Family trait?

He said the human-like walking style seemed to run in the family.

"Ambam's father Bitam used to display the same behavior if he had handfuls of food to carry," Ridges said in a statement. "Ambam also has a full sister, Tamba, and a half sister ... who also sometimes stand and walk in the same way."

Look ma, no hands! Gorilla walks on hind legs Ridges added that Ambam could also carry more food if his hands were freed from walking and it also meant "he doesn't get his hands wet when it is raining."

The Aspinall Foundation runs gorilla rescue and rehabilitation projects in Congo and Gabon.

VIDEO


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: gorilla
No this is NOT Claude Akins in a gorilla outfit during the filming of a "Planet of the Apes" chapter. It's a REAL gorilla that actually has better posture than most people.
1 posted on 01/28/2011 7:03:39 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Something seems amiss with his hips. He does not move side to side like most apes when he walks.


2 posted on 01/28/2011 7:06:15 PM PST by brytlea
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To: PJ-Comix

DUer??


3 posted on 01/28/2011 7:06:30 PM PST by GeronL (http://www.stink-eye.net/forum/index.php)
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To: PJ-Comix

Obama is the one that walks on all fours around world leaders


4 posted on 01/28/2011 7:06:53 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: PJ-Comix

Wonder if they got any video of a black rectangular obelisk in the vicinity.......just saying.


5 posted on 01/28/2011 7:15:39 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: brytlea
You know where this is all leading.......more proof that........

"We're descended from apes".

6 posted on 01/28/2011 7:16:31 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

No, we’re not descended from apes. We did share a common ancestor, though.


7 posted on 01/28/2011 7:18:49 PM PST by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Yes, of course. But, something is not right. Perhaps a defect in this ape’s hips? I would love to see an xray of the pelvis. There is a reason they don’t stand or walk like this, and it’s not just that they don’t want to.


8 posted on 01/28/2011 7:24:15 PM PST by brytlea
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To: PJ-Comix

watch later


9 posted on 01/28/2011 7:25:33 PM PST by mel (I DONATE to FR monthly...Do You?????)
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To: brytlea
The keeper said: All gorillas can do it to some extent..but not like Ambam...

We have all the notions...

10 posted on 01/28/2011 7:30:43 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: PJ-Comix

A little more practice and he will make a great democrat.


11 posted on 01/28/2011 7:31:23 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: PJ-Comix

Maybe Ambam has been practicing yoga.


12 posted on 01/28/2011 7:34:28 PM PST by MissMack99 (Being held up at gun point since Obama took office.)
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To: Sacajaweau

Well sure, they can all stand up, and they can walk upright, more or less, but not like this. I know it’s not, but this looks like a guy in a gorilla suit. A gorilla’s hips are shaped differently than a humans, so they don’t walk or stand like that. I’m curious to hear what an anatomist would say. If it were simply a matter of him deciding this was something he wanted to do, they would have all done it, because it makes more sense to be able to walk and have their hands free, but they are not designed to walk like that.


13 posted on 01/28/2011 7:34:42 PM PST by brytlea
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To: PJ-Comix
That lesser ape, the gibbon, walks when it isn't brachiating. All gibbons walk when they aren't swinging from tree to tree. But they have to keep those long arms of theirs off the ground as they walk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLBrtccrRfA&feature=related

14 posted on 01/28/2011 7:38:38 PM PST by thecodont
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To: PJ-Comix

That gorilla’s walking is highly reminiscent of the way that “bigfoot” walked in that famous short film from, what was it, 1967?

So, now we know, bigfoot is really a gorilla imitating humans.


15 posted on 01/28/2011 7:39:51 PM PST by adorno
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
A little more practice and he will make a great democrat.

I was thinking more of a offensive lineman or defensive lineman, not enough speed for a linebacker however.

16 posted on 01/28/2011 7:40:46 PM PST by The Cajun
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To: PJ-Comix

Mimicking his keepers and audience, perhaps?

Perceived advantage, more attention?

Bears, dogs, even cats will do it for food.

I remember a book in which the pigs began walking upright...


17 posted on 01/28/2011 7:45:45 PM PST by One Name
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To: PJ-Comix

Can he sign up in the NFL?


18 posted on 01/28/2011 7:55:04 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69
Can he sign up in the NFL?

His communications skills and his academic performance might be as good or better than some of those NFL players.
19 posted on 01/28/2011 7:58:11 PM PST by adorno
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To: PJ-Comix

Reminds me of of Oliver the chimp. He could also walk on 2 feet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_%28chimpanzee%29


20 posted on 01/28/2011 8:00:02 PM PST by MetaThought
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To: adorno

Good point. Anyway, who would argue with or trash talk him?


21 posted on 01/28/2011 8:08:45 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: One Name
Good one about the pigs. I think it's nice to see the Brits. still need dental care. Look at the newswoman's teeth. Bottom set is pretty scary. As for the gorilla, I have to say his posture is rather unusual. He may indeed have some sort of pelvic anomaly.
22 posted on 01/28/2011 8:18:41 PM PST by prof.h.mandingo
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To: PJ-Comix

Wow. No Michelle Obama jokes. Impressive.


23 posted on 01/28/2011 8:21:35 PM PST by dangus ("The floor of Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops" -- St. John Crysostom ("the Golden-Mouthed"))
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To: PJ-Comix

I never could figure out the fixation on finding some missing link that sorta walks upright, and sorta leans over. If God did slowly create the universe (I’m leaning towards the notion that an old-looking universe was created in situ), than at some point somebody just decided it was easier to walk upright.


24 posted on 01/28/2011 8:27:24 PM PST by dangus ("The floor of Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops" -- St. John Crysostom ("the Golden-Mouthed"))
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To: prof.h.mandingo

He does seems to lock them forward, like a very pregnant woman. Spine seemed to have a bulge down low- curvature, perhaps?


25 posted on 01/28/2011 8:38:26 PM PST by One Name
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To: brytlea
We don't know that. It could be that the gorillas have agreed to "fake it" by knuckle walking when humans are around.

That way we'll never bother to see if they're smart enough to pay taxes on income!

This bunch are giving away the show. I see a bad end for them once the others find out!

26 posted on 01/28/2011 8:44:52 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

27 posted on 01/28/2011 9:03:45 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: PJ-Comix

What Congressional district does he represent?


28 posted on 01/28/2011 10:18:42 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: muawiyah

LOL Yes, and cats are also actually aliens studying us. But don’t tell anyone, they have a great gig! ;)


29 posted on 01/29/2011 7:31:12 AM PST by brytlea
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To: dangus

Yes, but it takes some anatomical changes.


30 posted on 01/29/2011 7:37:12 AM PST by brytlea
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To: metmom

Isn’t upright posture sometimes cited as evidence of hominid evolution?? ......


31 posted on 01/29/2011 8:13:56 AM PST by wendy1946
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To: brytlea

Well, as you see... not really.


32 posted on 01/29/2011 8:25:33 AM PST by dangus ("The floor of Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops" -- St. John Crysostom ("the Golden-Mouthed"))
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To: dangus

I guess you’re the expert.


33 posted on 01/29/2011 8:40:10 AM PST by brytlea
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To: The Cajun
not enough speed for a linebacker however.

Gorillas are much faster than any linebacker -- 25 mph top speed, when needed. Quicker too. And a silverback could probably throw a 350 lb offensive lineman about 15 feet in the air.

34 posted on 01/29/2011 3:24:24 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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