Gorilla Your Dreams

Hello, ladies. It is I, Shabani. It is said that Shabani is handsome. Very handsome. Women come to see Shabani at the zoo where Shabani lives. The piercing, thoughtful gaze of Shabani flutters their hearts. Or rustles their jimmies. One of those. Shabani is not sure.


But the women know Shabani is not just handsome. Shabani is kind. Shabani cares for his children. Shabani loves children. They are delicious.

Shabani is a 18 year old male gorilla at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Garden. The "handsome" gorilla is super popular with young ladies and families. Zoo officials tell CNN that he got the stardom after the netizens started to tweeting and FBing about his handsome photo used for its spring festival posters in April.

Alas, the women, they cannot know Shabani’s heart. Shabani is a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, stuffed into a banana only Shabani can peel. Shabani is distant. Lonely. Shabani can only refer to himself in the third person. That is how lonely he is.


Close Encounters Of The Grilla Kind

So whadya do when you meet up with an ENTIRE FAMILY OF MOUNTAIN GRILLAS? You sit still and let ’em play with your hair, of course.

Video taken near Bwindi National Park, Uganda. From Jennifer A., who adds quite accurately, “Luckiest. Guy. EVER.”

Mom, This 1 Is 4 U

C.O. would like to take this opportunity to wish all Moms out there Happy Mother’s Day!








~Le Creditos~

1.) Mother & Bebeh Sea Otter from Telegraph UK.
2.) Meerkats from ZooBorns.
3-5.) Grilla & Bebeh from ZooBorns.
6. More Grilla & Bebeh, from Reddit.
7.) Orangutans from WWF.org.

Friday Haiku I

On sunny days some

Look up and see the sky, some

See the universe.

Thank you for the wonderful images sent to us from Chris W.

The Wild World O’ Cute

traveler-photo-contest-logo_65913_160x120 Look at these great photos (#1-5) as seen on My Modern Met.com. (Others from NG site.) They’re all part of the 25th Annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, going on now. Click the logo at left to enter (you’ll need to set up a National Geographic account, or log in with an account from Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, etc.)





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1. Photo and hover by Gary Migues/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
2. Photo and hover by Adam Lichtcsien/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
3. Photo and hover by Petra Bensted/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
4. Photo and hover by Richard Sidey/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
5. Photo and hover by Peter Stanley/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
6. Photo and hover by Mary Gretchen Kaplan/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
7. Photo and hover by Francisco Mingorance/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

THIS JUST IN: Eet’s A Bebeh Grilla, People

The Cincinnati Zoo has itself a new resident, a five week old bebeh female grilla named Gladys Stones, that was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. (Her name is a combo of the facility name, and the last name of the family that cared for her prior to leaving for the Queen City.)

Gladys, make sure to have some Skyline Chili! (Ooo, and Graeter’s, too.)


Double Happiness Announcement!

Two faces to wash, and four dirty hands
Two insistent voices, making demands
Twice as much crying, when things go wrong
The four eyes closing, with slumber song
Twice as many garments, blowing on the line
Two cherubs in the wagon, soaking up sunshine
Work I do for twins, naturally comes double
But four arms to hug me, repay all my trouble.

Dearest Peeps! We’re very happy to announce that Cute Overlord Meg and hubby Sparky just had twins. The entire family is thrilled at the two healthy additions, including Aunt Chief Sister Officer. No names yet—maybe “Maru” and “Winston”? We’ll see. Hopefully we can get some sleep soon. Hooray! Hooray!

Color Me Cute: Part Four

At at last we arrive at black. The absorption of all the colors in the rainbow. This photo certainly takes the breath away.

Cutest Paw, indeed.
And thus concludes our series in color. For now. Cuz nature is a giver.

You guys! Over here! Bananas!!!

All credito to Thomas Breuer for Wildlife Conservation Society.

Call Mom Taxi

When you’re just too pooped to pop, we’re available 24/7. Just like mother Safiri is for her bebeh Kiburi.

We Grin For Gorillas :), Logan5


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