Gorilla Side-eye

Check out this ‘I’m not having it’ pregnant Gorilla at the Bronx Zoo action:


According to photographer, Inspirerer and Sender-Inner Jackie D., “I think I found the most disapproving gorilla on the planet.”



  1. Yup, that’s disapproval big-time.

  2. chanpon says:

    Oh that Donkey Kong! Always kidnapping princesses and such, and giving the rest of us gorillas a bad name! *leer*

  3. BStrange says:

    “He’d better get back soon, because if I don’t get my pickles with chocolate and bubblegum ice cream I’m going to lose it…

  4. BStrange says:

    Goes well with the “somebody’s in TROU-BLLLE” look on the other one’s face, too.

  5. BStrange says:

    Er. Unlike the chicken and egg, there is a definite order to the contents of a carrot bracket. Whoops.

  6. 260Oakley says:

    Queen Kong goes out on a limb to display her dis-aperoval. We are not amused.

  7. BStrange says:

    *sigh* I need lunch… Clearly. But no pickles, ew.

  8. BStrange says:

    Aaaand that didn’t work. I’ll just… be over here now. 😳

  9. Safety tip: Do not, and I can’t stress this enough, go up and beep that guy’s nose and tickle his tummy.

  10. Mel Drake says:

    Friend is all like “Girlfriend, I tol’ you your silverback was a player!”
    momma: >:[

  11. I would try to cheer her up and make her laugh, but she would probably have to pee.

  12. I believe that’s an oh-so-stereotypical rolling pin in her right hand: just missing the pink rollers in her buzzcut . . . and on her tum.

  13. Queen of Dork says:

    1) Why is everything in italics?
    2) This looks like my relatives when they’re really pissed at me.

  14. OooOOOOH!! We’re all in italicofantastico! Add some serifs, and parfait!

  15. I am closing the italics. There!

  16. oik, it didn’t werk! fail.

  17. Queen of Dork says:

    nycat: I’m not sure it worked. I’m lost and stuckted in italica land…

  18. Queen of Dork says:

    My hair is getting blown back from the wind…ouch and help…

  19. Guys, do you think this is anything like that fabled “Far Side” cartoon: “A blond hair! You’ve been doing some ‘research’ with that Jane Goodall tramp!”

  20. Queen of Dork says:

    *trying to walk against the hurricane strength italica wind thing* ehn!

  21. BStrange says:

    Tried that myself, nycat. I think we’ll have to wait for Official Chief Cuteologists to save the day. 😦

    Theresa: I remember that cartoon… Could be. 😀

  22. Queen of Dork says:

    BStrange: What?! Huh?! I can’t hear you very well over the force of the storm!!! Sometimes, it’s so snowy here at Everest Base Camp. *OUCH*

    Okay. I’m just being really, really silly! 🙂

  23. BStrange says:

    Uh, I think the text here took one look at the Side-Eye closeup and is racing to get off the page.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

  24. Queen of Dork says:

    *runs to try to help BStrange catch the tent that’s blowing off the side of the mountain. Thankfully, nobody is sleeping in it.*

  25. wow that baby will be huge lol love gorillas

  26. BStrange says:

    Disapproving Gorilla disapproves of my HTML errors.

    *MacGyvers tent into hang glider; they can catch the italic winds to the Everest hairdresser’s… maybe have a spot of tea…*

  27. victoreia says:

    Maybe the text is afraid of the disapproval…..

  28. EYE-TAILICS (<–typo, but leaving it!) as is are fixed. SOMEONE forgot to close their tags properleh.

  29. (Snapping back to attention with a resounding BOI-OI-OI-OI-OI-OI-OINNNNNNNNNG!!)

  30. BStrange says:

    I know NOTHING. *Boston Terrier Guilty Look. Holds it almost a minute, then breaks like a potato chip on the bottom of a dropped bag.*

    Okay, I saw it as I sent, but it was too late! Please, please don’t throw me to the swarm of licky puppies! *cower!*

    a-heh. 😳 Seriously though, I hate when I see an HTMLdiot moment that one split second too late. Thanks for the fix, Meg!

  31. Hon Glad says:

    “He gets me up the duff and there’s still no sign of a ring”.

  32. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:

    er, HUH???

    We Are Profoundly Puzzled

  33. BStrange says:

    I am puzzled by your puzzled. What are you puzzled by? If it helps, “up the duff” means pregnant, typically the unintended sort of pregnancy. The italics thing… We-eelll…. you had to be there. 😉

  34. Leilani says:

    Egad! These two look like a couple of girls I remember from my high school cafeteria. They were two S-C-A-R-Y chicks!

  35. mandy_Reeves says:

    didja notice the eyebrow on the left arched up like The Rock? I smell what your cookin preggo-rilla. Smells like nanners.

  36. He may think he’s silverback and all that, but if he doesn’t come home with flowers, he’ll be sleeping on the bottom tree branch.

  37. EZReader says:

    “Lucy – You have some ‘splainin’ to do…”

  38. Lucy Loup-Garou says:

    “Once the impulsivity of passionate desire has passed, many couples find they no longer have anything in common, with little or nothing to say to one another…”
    –official brochure, “Abstinence for Great Apes”

  39. marthava says:

    @Lucy Loup-Garou – LOL

  40. Love love LOVE gorillas-best of luck with the pregnancy and all best wishes for a healthy baby (and mum & dad!)

  41. Queen of Dork says:

    Theresa: Oh my goodness! I LOVE that video of the hairdressers on Everest!

  42. Queen of Dork says:

    “Dr. Scholl’s mountaineering sandals” indeed. *snerk* 🙂

  43. This definitely fits more in the “disapproving” category than the “cute” category, I think.

    Now BABY gorillas…disapproving or not…that’s an idea….


  44. Hon Glad says:

    “I had a lovely figure, untill you had your way, look at me I’m like a beached whale, Fred are you listening to me” “Yes dear, but i wish I wasn’t.”

  45. domanato says:

    haha they are not talking to each other.

  46. She looks to me like she’s upset she didn’t get any maternity clothes to wear. Having peeps starin’ at yer big belly’s kinda rude, ya know?

  47. “Oh hell. No.”

  48. Poohbear says:

    The hilariousness ! 😀 You peeps are soooo funneh ! *holds aching sides*
    Brilliant post, Meg. The rolling pin wielding disapproval ! The capshons ! (as always.) *sigh of contentment*

  49. Poohbear says:

    (Actually, I wanted to send this post to a pregnant friend, just to crack her up, but I fear she might take offence !) 8-p

  50. Poohbear says:

    :p , that is.

  51. Poohbear says:

    Boo, didn’t work, *hides head under wing*

  52. BStrange says:

    Poohbear: 😛 ?

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Smilies should help!

  53. Sorry to say, but I work at the Bronx Zoo and none of our gorillas are pregnant. In fact, they are on birth control. I’m not kidding. All gorilla mating is monitored by an SSP. SSP stands for Species Survival Plan. In order to be an AZA accredited institution, we have to follow SSP recommendations for the breeding of endangered species to ensure good genetics, to ensure that another zoo has room for a baby, etc. Right now, we don’t have any SSP directives to breed our gorillas and they are, in fact, on birth control pills. Gorillas are often just shaped like that both in the wild and in captivity…check out some gorilla pics on Google. They’ve often got quite the pooches and it in no way means that they’re overweight. The angle of the picture also exacerbates her tummy. She certainly is disapproving, we just now have to guess at another reason for her displeasure!

  54. Lucy Loup-Garou says:


  55. BStrange says:

    I don’t know about you, but I’M not gonna tell her she can’t possibly be pregnant.

    Never get between a lady and her cravings, folks. You could lose a limb even if she’s NOT a gorilla. 😉

  56. BStrange says:

    …Which reminds me… Am I the only one who’s ever had a HORSE develop strange cravings while pregnant? The vet okayed her on the nutritional front, so it wasn’t some sort of deficiency. But from about halfway through until foaling, it took superhuman efforts to keep her away from our pepper plants. Never bothered them before, and there were other things in easier reach. After she foaled, she lost interest again.

    Very peculiar.

  57. BStrange says:

    Or gas, yes. Given the gorilla diet, I’d think gas sort of comes with the territory, though.

  58. Poohbear says:

    Yeah, I get that a lot. 😆

    @Bstrange : 😉 :green:

    oh, and 😳 😉

  59. Poohbear says:

    “They’ve often got quite the pooches and it in no way means that they’re overweight. The angle of the picture also exacerbates her tummy.”

    is what I get a lot of. And I’m done with html for a lifetime ! 😉

  60. Planet of the Gripes?