Kidogo, a 12-year-old silverback gorilla, gave an unexpected demonstration of tightrope-walking skills at the Krefeld Zoo, Germany. Keepers had provided the gorilla with a tightrope to hang from, but to their amazement, he began walking on the rope.
The Telegraph reports that with the zoo celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the tightrope-walking gorilla would likely be a highlight.
According to Kidogo's keepers, they had been concerned when the 12-year-old ape appeared homesick and crestfallen after he was brought from Denmark's Givskud Zoo.
He was brought to replace a male gorilla, Massa, who was found to be infertile.
Zoo keepers attempted to cheer him up by providing a tightrope for him to hang from, but they were amazed when they found he had tightrope walking skills he wanted to show off.
The Daily Mail reports Kidogo is a western lowland gorilla. Zoo keepers have nicknamed him "King Kodo." He shares his enclosure with two older females, Muna, 23 and Oya, 24.
His name in Swahili reportedly means "small."
Handout, Krefeld Zoo, Germany
Kidogo, tightrope walking gorilla
The Daily Mail actually compared Kidogo's performance to the extraordinary feat performed by the American tightrope walker Nik Wallenda. Digital Journal reports that in June 2012, Wallenda became the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800ft across Niagara Falls from Canada to the US. He performed the feat on a 2 inch-thick cable. An estimated one billion people worldwide watched him accomplish the feat in 25 heart-stopping minutes.