After the last two completely serious posts on here, I thought I’d share something that made me smile today.
I subscribe to an RSS feed for a website with a less than nice title, but the animated GIF images they share are generally fun.
The post I saw in my reader today was awesome. You can click the link to see it at the website, or behold it here:
I love it!
It’s like that little monkey was determined to murder that guy, but the dumb glass wall stood in his way. I’d pay real money to see a version of this where the glass was not there.
The whole thing is so perfect. At first I thought it might be a CGI hoax. But after doing a little research, I found the YouTube video from which the GIF was ripped.
A little further research uncovered that this awesome guy (the monkey, not the human) lives at the Memphis Zoo (in the China exhibit area). He’s actually a gibbon, which is somewhere between monkey and great ape (but closer to monkey, so I’ll call him a monkey).
According to this post that I found, the gibbon is close friends with a cook who works at the zoo, and he might be getting a little defensive about the spot where his friend usually interacts with him.
The YouTube video comments I read seem to indicate something else (having to do with an employee at the zoo who taunts and teases the monkey), but I find YouTube comments to be less than reliable most of the time.
I looked on the zoo’s website to see if they had anything official to say about this particular gibbon, but I couldn’t find anything.
There are several other videos of this happening on YouTube, but most of them are from a distance and outside. Most of the time the monkey dances around angrily after slamming into the glass, which (to me) indicates that at least some people are taunting him.
If anyone knows more about the background of this particular incident, I’d love to hear it in the comments! Also, if you live close to Memphis, go say hi to this monkey for me!
And until I know the monkey’s gender and name, I shall call him Epic Ninja Monkey of Doom.