A scary video has emerged of a large silverback gorilla trying to attack a zoo visitor through the glass of his enclosure.
The footage, filmed at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska last week, shows Kijito the silverback charging and jumping into the glass when the selfie-taking visitor has his back turned to the enclosure.
Bizarrely, the man seen in the video seems fairly unfazed by the attack and remains straight-faced throughout.
According to the filmer, the very same gorilla broke a window at the zoo last year.
‘He is quite the character and plays with us whenever we go to the zoo,’ they wrote online.
According to the zoo the cutting-edge exhibit and management facility allows Omaha to be a major player in gorilla conservation and makes possible the eventual expansion of the city’s gorilla population to 20 animals of all ages and sexes.
Omaha’s reproductive research team helped produce the world’s first test tube gorilla, born in 1995 and over the past ten years the zoo has developed the largest gorilla sperm bank in the world.
Humans share between 95%-99% of our DNA with gorillas, depending on what is counted.
A silverback is an adult male gorilla, of which there is only one per troop among many females. They are typically more than 12 years old and have a distinctive patch of silver on their backs.
Gorillas are considered highly intelligent.
They can laugh, grieve, have ‘rich emotional lives’, develop strong family bonds, make and use tools, and think about the past and future.