The tape was shot behind the scenes, away from members of the public, by a zookeeper and is reported to show play behaviors. Watch as breakdancing gorilla Zola performs and splashes in the Dallas Zoo’s paddling pool in the latest viral video.
The tape was shot behind the scenes, away from members of the public, by a zookeeper and is reported to show play behaviors. The 15-year-old begins with a few tentative splashes in the beautiful blue pool at the Dallas Zoo in America.
But he quickly transitions into a significantly more strenuous exercise, whirling about on his knees before rising erect and twisting. Zola moves his arms about and appears to be skipping and dancing. The animal sinks back into the sea after approximately 20 seconds. The video was recorded behind the scenes at the zoo by zookeeper Ashley Orr and published on the Dallas Zoo’s YouTube page. According to zookeepers, the video shows the gorilla playing.
“You may know Zola as a child from the popular video of him breakdancing at The Calgary Zoo, but there’s a lot more to this behavior [sic] than you may believe,” the description states. “Enrichment may take many forms, but for this feisty great ape, it means playing and twirling in his favorite [sic] blue pool when off habitat,” says a researcher.
The video was taken at The Calgary Zoo in Canada, and it showed the animal spinning about in his enclosure as if he were doing techniques from the popular street dance style known as breakdancing. According to a statement released alongside the video, Zola enjoyed playing in water and had not been coached to execute the dancing movements by humans.