“I need to feel what this gorilla is feeling.”
This is Zola, a 14-year-old gorilla at the Dallas Zoo in Texas who arrived from the Calgary Zoo in 2013. Both zoos told BuzzFeed News they were struck by Zola’s unique and inspiring dancing abilities.
Earlier this week, Zola showed zookeepers exactly what he’s made of. Ashley Orr, a primate supervisor at Dallas Zoo, said she was doing a routine cleaning of the gorilla building when she heard splashing. She then witnessed Zola putting on this show and started recording:
Look at that beautiful progression into a pirouette*.
*Dance terms are completely grabbing at guesses — apologies to actual dancers.
Those lines. That coordination. “We ran over to see him in all his excitement,” Orr told BuzzFeed News. “Our keepers have seen him dancing before, but we had no idea he’d show off his moves for us that day.”
“He’s always loved water, and has been very playful,” a rep from the Calgary Zoo added.