By: The Dodo
Kids just want to monkey around, no matter their species. Visitors to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium took a touching video of a 2-year-old gorilla named Kamoli playing peek-a-boo with a young visitor through the glass of his cage.
Kamoli is a playful little guy, but his past hints at some of the darker aspects of keeping apes in captivity.
Kamoli's father, a gorilla named Oliver, arrived at the Columbus Zoo from another facility, where he was living all by himself, Patty Peters, a zoo representative, told The Dodo. Luckily, Oliver was able to integrate into a troop of gorillas at the Columbus Zoo, but for many captive apes, the effects of isolation can be devastating.
Kamoli was born in captivity, but his mother couldn't take care of him. The Columbus Zoo has a surrogate gorilla program just for cases like this, so Kamoli was raised by a combination of human caretakers and older gorillas.
His game with the little visitor wasn't out of character for Kamoli. "He's very playful and likes interacting with people," Peters said. "Kamoli seems to have an affinity for small children. All the gorillas do really."
And, while Kamoli seems to crave engagement from the little human on the other side of the glass, for some gorillas in captivity, gawking humans can seem menacing, not friendly.
Peek-a-boo with Kamoli! Thanks to Sherry C. for sharing this video!Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Friday, August 28, 2015
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