For the first time in decades, there are baby gorillas at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Follow their progress here as they grow, through the work of Chapel Hill Photographer Windy Sawczyn
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Gorillas Up the Wall
They're driving Apollo Gorilla Up the Wall
or maybe he's just found a climbable spot! In the spirit of the very young child he still is, he keeps practicing and practicing and practicing. When we were kids we called it play. But experts in child psychology tell us that when kids are playing, they are doing it to learn, to develop skills, to get stronger. See that spot over there on the right, near the grate? There is just enough of a texture on that wall to give Apollo some places to rest one foot, as he holds a higher spot with one of his big hands. Then he carefully places the other foot, and again, a hand, until he gets up pretty high! Eventually he runs out of places conducive to climbing and he leaps backwards and drops to get down again. Don't worry, he can't get out. That wall slopes the other way as it gets higher. And it's quite a high wall, designed so that the animals can't possibly hoist themselves high enough to get themselves into trouble. But it's fun to watch him try. #YouCouldGo!