Ugh, my fur!

By Meghan Overdeep
May 13, 2019
Facebook/Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

An astonishing video shared by the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina, last week is proving that humans and gorillas have a lot more in common than 98% of our DNA.

Who knew, but apparently, a strong distaste for rain also comes along with opposable thumbs, problem solving abilities, and the capacity for complex emotions.

The clip, which has garnered more than 370,000 views since last Wednesday, is only 26 seconds long, but the familiarity of the expressions and mannerisms exhibited by a family of western lowland gorillas as they attempt to avoid a sudden downpour is uncanny.  

Huddled together under an overhang, a female named Acacia is the first to make a break for it. Hugging the wall, she grimaces as she shimmies around a corner out of the rain. The male silverback, Cenzoo, waits for the other two females, Macy and Kazi, who are gripping their babies tightly to their chests, to make it indoors before tiptoeing in himself. He even makes a disgusted face when his feet get wet.

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“Gorillas are magnificent, majestic creatures full of grace and beauty... except when it rains,” zookeeper Brooke Hunsinger captioned the video (below) on Facebook.

Boy can we relate!

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