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September 14, 2012 5:56 PM   Subscribe

The Calgary Zoo's Gorillas Entertained by Caterpillar (or at least they look at it for forty seconds). SLYT.
posted by stebulus (25 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Gorillas watch caterpillar. We watch gorillas. Who watches us?
posted by Joey Michaels at 6:09 PM on September 14, 2012 [6 favorites]


@Joey, Aliens. Or at least the ones who can get some reception.
posted by Cog at 6:11 PM on September 14, 2012


Is it just me, or is there some uncanny valley stuff going on there? Oh, wait, they're real gorillas, never mind.
posted by mollweide at 6:12 PM on September 14, 2012


Gorillas watch caterpillar. We watch gorillas. Who watches us?

Skynet.
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:15 PM on September 14, 2012 [7 favorites]


Skynet.
posted by Smart Dalek


Best Eponysterical All-Time Nominee, 2012.
posted by Joey Michaels at 6:19 PM on September 14, 2012 [8 favorites]


Who watches us?

Alan Moore
posted by HuronBob at 6:20 PM on September 14, 2012


If you put a thousand gorillas in front of laptops, with internet access, eventually one of them would log into AskMe and post, "can I eat this?"
posted by HuronBob at 6:23 PM on September 14, 2012 [13 favorites]


Who watches us?

Creepy old man Johnson, from down the street.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:25 PM on September 14, 2012


The way I see it, we are the caterpillar. Combined with previous answers, I guess that makes Alan Moore a cyborg gorilla from the future.
posted by stebulus at 6:39 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


If you put a thousand gorillas in front of laptops, with internet access, eventually one of them would log into AskMe and post, "can I eat this?"

It would only take one, and a caribou, to replace Sarah Palin on Fox.
posted by anothermug at 6:55 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really thought one would try to pet it.
posted by desjardins at 8:06 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's a fucking tease. I want more.
posted by mudpuppie at 8:17 PM on September 14, 2012


The feral cats in my apartment complex definitely watch me.
posted by vegartanipla at 8:25 PM on September 14, 2012



This is faked. That is just footage of the Calgary Stampede.
posted by srboisvert at 8:43 PM on September 14, 2012


Sure, but did they notice the basketball bouncing through the enclosure?
posted by orme at 8:49 PM on September 14, 2012 [6 favorites]


Cute video, but that they would find something as pedestrian as a caterpillar so interesting is kind of depressing to me.

What a miserable way of life to impose on our hominid friends.
posted by triceryclops at 8:56 PM on September 14, 2012 [3 favorites]


I honestly believe that by 2100 we'll be horrified to think we once kept great apes chimps, orangs, and gorillas in cages for people to gawk at.

It'll take a bit longer for caterpillars, though.
posted by The otter lady at 9:02 PM on September 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


I'm amazed they didn't end up eating the caterpillar.
posted by Iosephus at 9:10 PM on September 14, 2012



I honestly believe that by 2100 we'll be horrified to think we once kept great apes chimps, orangs, and gorillas in cages for people to gawk at.


Funny thing is, if we didn't put them in cages for people to 'gawk' at and understand better, then the future people wouldn't know/understand gorillas enough to be horrified. Zoos, while sometimes detrimental to individual animal's health, are also responsible in many ways for many folk's ecological understanding and willingness to protect those critters in the wild.
posted by dazed_one at 9:50 PM on September 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Cute video, but that they would find something as pedestrian as a caterpillar so interesting is kind of depressing to me.

Because we humans would never be entertained by something so pedestrian as, say, a video of gorillas watching a caterpillar.
posted by asnider at 10:58 PM on September 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


that they would find something as pedestrian as a caterpillar so interesting is kind of depressing to me.

I thought they were looking at the caterpillar like a child would. I think it's depressing that we lose that as we get older.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 12:18 AM on September 15, 2012 [5 favorites]


I honestly believe that by 2100 we'll be horrified to think we once kept great apes chimps, orangs, and gorillas in cages for people to gawk at.

"A planet where apes evolved from men?"
posted by Fizz at 8:46 AM on September 15, 2012


I thought they were looking at the caterpillar like a child would. I think it's depressing that we lose that as we get older.

Cages for everyone!
posted by Sys Rq at 3:09 PM on September 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


What's "depressing" is that I've lived here for almost 13 years and have not yet been to the Calgary Zoo.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 2:34 PM on September 16, 2012


On one hand, intermittent viral videos (see also) and pretty lights at Christmas.

On the other, a recent history of "very unfortunate accidents," often causing animal deaths (e.g., 1, 2, 3).

It's all happening at the Calgary Zoo.
posted by arm's-length at 3:10 PM on September 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


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