18 posts tagged Gorilla
18 posts tagged Gorilla
Imagine our delight when we realized our favorite Chap Hop (rapping in a faux-Victorian style) performer, Professor Elemental, had used our Creepy Horse Mask in his latest video. Trigger Warning! Features a gorilla in a horse mask.
If you enjoy this song, try putting on some Fighting Trousers.
Reblogged from laughingsquid
So it turns out the hare managed to beat the tortoise in their race by transforming the tortoise into a rocket-propelled vehicle.
Meet Kidogo, a 12-year-old silverback gorilla brought to the Krefeld Zoo in Krefeld, Germany last April to serve as a male companion to two female gorillas, Muna and Oya, in hopes that they will eventually create some little infant gorillas. It turns out that Kidogo is interested in more than just hanging out with the ladies. He’s also got a serious knack for tightrope walking.
“He is unbelievably athletic and acrobatic,” says Petra Schwinn, director of public relations at the zoo in western Germany. “He is still young and playful. He really demonstrates a strong degree of joie de vivre.”
Photo by Magnus Neuhaus/Zoo Krefeld
Giuse Modica (aka Giuse) is a Dutch artist and illustrator who loves skateboarding so much that he created a series of illustrations depicting various animals enjoying his favourite sport. Complete with a dog doing an ollie and a mighty eagle pulling off a 360 flip, the series is entitled Animals Skateboarding and we think it’s pretty awesome.
[via Beautiful Decay]
Yikes! Yakini, a newborn baby gorilla, receives a checkup from Royal Children’s Hospital neonatal specialist Neil Campbell at the Melbourne Zoo in Australia, and is suprised by the cold stethoscope.
This awesomely adorable photo should be posted in medical examination rooms everywhere (for humans and animals alike) reminding doctors to warm up those chilly stethoscopes.
Kirsten Anderson ofHi-Fructose has an ongoing series of posts entitled Under the Influence, which explores artists of previous eras who have influenced today’s contemporary artists. This time she posted about the work of English graphic designer and illustrator Alan Aldridge:
“You may not be immediately familiar with the name Alan Aldridge, but you most likely know his work. A legendary graphic designer (who continues to do masterful work to this day), he is known for his iconic cover of Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album, as well as the provocative poster for Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls (which earned him not only admiring praise but a warrant for his arrest under obscenity charges), and his seminal work with the Beatles, to touch on just the tip of the iceberg of Aldridge’s formidable career.”
Visit Hi-Fructose to view more of Alan’s artwork.
From the Department of Awesome Animal News comes the discovery that some young Mountain gorillas have learned how to locate and destroy poachers’ traps hidden in their Rawandan forest home. This remarkable behaviour was witnessed by researchers working for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund just days after a poacher’s snare killed an infant gorilla from the same group:
On Tuesday tracker John Ndayambaje spotted a trap very close to the Kuryama gorilla clan. He moved in to deactivate the snare, but a silverback named Vubu grunted, cautioning Ndayambaje to stay away, Vecellio said.
Suddenly two juveniles—Rwema, a male; and Dukore, a female; both about four years old—ran toward the trap. As Ndayambaje and a few tourists watched, Rwema jumped on the bent tree branch and broke it, while Dukore freed the noose. The pair then spied another snare nearby—one the tracker himself had missed—and raced for it. Joined by a third gorilla, a teenager named Tetero, Rwema and Dukore destroyed that trap as well.
The speed with which everything happened makes Vecellio, the gorilla program coordinator, think this wasn’t the first time the young gorillas had outsmarted trappers. ”They were very confident,” she said. “They saw what they had to do, they did it, and then they left.”
Visit National Geographic to read the whole extraordinary story.
Photo courtesy of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
I Don’t Like to Look at Him, Jack. It Makes Me Think of that Awful Day on the Island
These awesome (and gigantic!) paintings were created by another one of our favourite artists, Walton Ford, whose incredible skill leaves us speechless.
Here you see two of a trio of new paintings. You can view the third at Arrested Motion.
[via Monster Brains]