Jabari Prepares for His Third Jump

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    While watching Jabari, the keeper came out to the visitor opening to throw food into the bachelors' exhibit in hopes of luring Hasani from the back where he wished to stay today because of something more exciting happening back there than in the exhibit. It didn't work. The situation made adolescent Jabari quite excitable. He wanted his older half-brother out also. He saw the keeper stop throwing food from time to time in order to call Hasani. So, Jabari would look back toward the door from where his brother was to enter the exhibit. Sometimes he'd stand and try to see Hasani, other times, Jabari would just look back. He'd pace a bit, sit on one side, then on the other side.

    All of a sudden, he beat his chest as he jumped down into the dry moat. He climbed back up, paced some more, and stood up to look for Hasani a time or two. Then, he jumped up while beating his chest. Still nothing. So, more pacing, more watching. (see photo) And, once again, Jabari jumped up as he beat his chest. Nothing.

    Jabari was utterly frustrated. When his and the keeper's attempts to lure Hasani out of the back failed, Jabari sat down and grabbed his head in his utter frustration. Then, he began to give his own sign language for the keeper to throw him more food ... possibly Hasani's half of the food.

    Western Lowland Gorilla Adolescent Male
    Bachelor Pad
    Campo Gorilla Reserve
    Los Angeles Zoo

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Subphylum: Vertebrata
    Class: Mammalia
    Order: Primates
    Suborder: Haplorrhini
    Family: Hominidae
    Genus: Gorilla
    Species: Gorilla gorilla


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