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Video of gorilla walking like a human goes viral

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 3:53 PM - Louis, an 18-year-old western lowland gorilla who resides at the Philadelphia Zoo, has become an internet celebrity after he was filmed walking upright like a human.

The video, which was uploaded to Facebook March 5, has been viewed more than 367,000 times.

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"Although gorillas occasionally walk on two legs (bipedal), it is less common," the zoo says in a Facebook post.

"Not for Louis though - he can often be seen walking bipedally when his hands are full of snacks or when the ground is muddy (so he doesn't get his hands dirty)."

In the video, Louis can be seen clutching tomatoes, one of his favourite treats.

Zookeeper Michael Stern told the NZ Herald that unlike most gorillas, Louis seems to favour walking on two feet, particularly when there's mud, which he strongly dislikes.

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"It may be he doesn't like the feel of it on his skin [rather than wanting to keep his hands clean], but he does seem to not want to get his hands muddy," Stern told the publication.

"They come from the rain forest, so you'd think they would be used to it. But for whatever reason, his particular personality, he really does not like to get his hands muddy."

Louis was born at the St. Louis Zoo but has been living at the Philadelphia zoo since 2004.

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Sources: Facebook | NZ Herald

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