London 1/29/2011 12:00:00 AM
News / Nature

Gorilla walks like a man

A gorilla in a British zoo prefers to walk on his hind legs.

Although the creatures usually travel about on all fours, Ambam, who lives at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, South East England, opts for a more human-like swagger.

Zoo keepers and visitors have looked on in astonishment as the 6ft Western lowland gorilla has made his way across long distances, walking just like a person.

An 18-second clip of him has been watched by more than 200,000 people on video-sharing website YouTube in the last week.

The strange skill runs in the primate's family, with zoo staff saying his father used to walk on his hind legs regularly, as does his sister and half-sister - but none as deftly as Ambam.