People have done dangerously stupid things trying to get the perfect selfie. But this man wasn’t even trying.
A silverback gorilla has been caught on camera trying to smash through a window to a room at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, where a visitor was taking a selfie.
In the incredible video, the man is seen posing for a photo behind a window while Kijito, the 180-kilogram gorilla, watches from afar. Suddenly, the ape breaks into a run, launches itself from a rock and slams himself into the window.
Luckily, the window held strong this time — in April last year, the same gorilla managed to break a glass enclosure.
Strangely, the man looks completely unfazed by the sudden attack. The poor gorilla sits where he had fallen looking ashamed of his inability to break the window.
The encounter was reportedly filmed last week by Amanda Briggs, who said the gorilla is "quite the character and plays with us whenever we go to the zoo."
From just the past year, there are over a hundred videos of Kojito and other gorillas of the zoo, charging and slamming at the zoo windows. And they are not the only ones.
Animals attack when they are provoked, either by people laughing or pointing in their direction or apparently in this case, by the color of someone’s shirt.
Additionally, their lack of exercise, poor living conditions and drastically different climates than their natural habitat can add to their stress of captivity.