Gorilla + Groundhog Form an Unusual (But Adorable) Friendship at the Detroit Zoo
You wouldn't expect a 400-pound gorilla to form a bond with a tiny groundhog. But as counterintuitive as it may be, it happened just the other day at the Detroit Zoo.
The Detroit Zoo posted the adorable video yesterday (5/19) on its Facebook page and it has since been viewed more than 135,000 times. Alex Phillips was the zoo guest who filmed the :12-second clip and a member of his party exclaims, "Oh, they're friends!" as Phillips starts recording.
You'll probably think the same thing.
From the Detroit Zoo:
Zoo officials noted in the Facebook post that it's a rather uncommon occurrence to see a gorilla that weighs more than 400 pounds stroking the head of a groundhog.
"A budding friendship?
It’s not uncommon to see a ground hog poking around the gorilla habitat during feeding time — both species are mainly herbivores after all!A less common sight is that of a gorilla gently stroking a ground hog on the back, as one Detroit Zoo guest recently witnessed. Even though gorillas weigh more than 400 pounds, this little visitor seems to realize that Kongo, a 23-year-old silverback, doesn’t mean him any harm.
Thank you to Alex Phillips for filming this awesome video at the Detroit Zoo!"