…the herd is taken over by a younger male gorilla…the older male loses his family and remains alone…the staff member says as she waves her hand towards an older gorilla that we are gazing at.
Two little boys (~6) slide in next to me by the gorilla display.
Boy 1: That gorilla doesn’t look very happy.
Boy 2: That is because he is an adult. All adults look sad.
Boy 1: I think he is a female.
Boy 2 turns to me and asks…Hey lady, is he a female? What do you think?
I turn to the boys with a smile masking an inward chuckle. I tell them that the gorilla is an old male. Look at his white fur. He is simply old and tired.
The boys, satisfied with my answer, thank me and walk away.
The old gorilla looks my way. I bet he thinks how peculiar the humans are that parade by on display.