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Calgary Zoo gorilla takes up breakdancing

June 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM

CALGARY, Alberta, June 21 (UPI) -- A male Western lowland gorilla living in Canada's Calgary Zoo has developed a breakdance routine in his favorite puddle, zookeepers say.

A video shows 8-year-old Zola rhythmically stomping his feet and performing dance-like moves that include the breakdance spin-on-one-heel routine, The Calgary Herald reported Tuesday.

Zoo officials posted the video with electronic music on Youtube and Facebook and by Tuesday morning, there were almost 57,000 views of Zola watching his feet and opening his mouth as he dances in a puddle.

The zoo didn't indicate if the black gorilla had been coached or trained in the routine.

Zola has been in the Alberta zoo for two years and came from the Bronx Zoo in New York.

Western lowland gorillas are on the international "critically endangered" species list, the zoo said.

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