Nine-year-old Zola is a Western lowland gorilla at the Calgary Zoo. Because he loves to splash in water, his keepers make sure he has plenty of puddles to play in. To Zola, it’s just good clean fun, but toss in a break-dancing beat, and you have “Breakin’ II: Splish-Splashin’ Boogaloo.”
… so we’re just going to work on relaxing that scalp for a few more minutes, then it’s off to the whirlpool before the aromatherapy. Remind me again: Did you want the banana- or the coconut-scented candles?
[Just spotted in the comments: Monkey masseuse announces mammal massage tour dates!]
Stealthily, the cunning secret agent shinnies into position.
From his vantage point, he can overhear secret conversations, read classified documents, gather vital intelligence — completely undetected.
Then suddenly, without warning — a misstep! The cunning secret agent loses his footing! In an instant, months of meticulous planning could be lost forever!
But no! All is not lost! With steely resolve, the cunning secret agent draws on his advanced ninja skills, clinging to his perch with a grip of iron…
… I said, a grip of…
With the element of surprise firmly on his side, the cunning secret agent plunges fearlessly into the enemy outpost…
Photos by Flickr user Clara S.
If at first you don’t succeed, try. try. try. try. try. try again, Gojee S.
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From the Can’t Make This Stuff Up Files:
This important news story just caught our attention by the alert cuteporters over at DListed. Apparently, a woman walked into the Amherst County Courthouse toting this petite monkular “daughter,” dressed in diapers and a pink dress, in her brassiere:
When an official asked why she had the monkey in her bra, the woman was quoted as saying, “Well, would you leave your child at home? She has to be close to me.” More on this story over at the Lynchburg, Virginia News & Advance.
Behind the mystique, the intrigue, the enigma, lies the timeless question – what do monkehs smile about?
Photo by Sarah Conner, who became this baby chimp’s foster mother while working at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and who submitted this photo to National Geographic’s Your Shot. Thanks, Marilyn T., for sending it to CO!
Please, pretty please, oh please? I promise I’ll take care of him and clean up after him and play with him and feed him bananas and Monkey Chow or whatever it is they eat, please can I pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze??
Taken in Nagaon, Assam, India by Diganta Talukdar.
This mostly toothless smile belongs to Tiny, the first gorilla born at the London Zoo in 20 years. At four months, he’s just learning to walk, with some coaching from his loving mom Mjukuu.
Full story at The Sun.