Get a Room: This Bronx Zoo Gorilla Exhibit Ain’t for Kids

by Clayton Edwards

Parents take their kids to the zoo to let them see exotic animals. They expect to see wild creatures living natural lives in glorified cages. However, sometimes there is a fine line between “natural” and NSFW. Visitors to the Bronx Zoo’s gorilla exhibit learned that the hard way last weekend.

The late-twentieth-century poet Jimmy Pop once wrote about the sex lives of animals.  “You and me, baby, ain’t nothin’ but mammals / So let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel.”

The gorilla pairing at the Bronx Zoo proved that they didn’t need TV coverage to get down and dirty. In fact, when the mood strikes, they don’t hesitate. As families crowded the viewing window, one gorilla gave its pal a quick hug. The gesture caused onlookers to let out a chorus of “awww”s and other cutesie noises. Then the smaller of the two laid on his back. Apparently, that’s how gorillas ask their troopmates for a little oral support. The larger gorilla didn’t hesitate to faceplant in the other’s crotch. Shocked parents couldn’t get their kids’ eyes off the x-rated spectacle quick enough. In the video, “awww” becomes, “Oh my God, don’t look,” in record time.

They came to the Bronx Zoo’s gorilla enclosure for “natural,” and they got a faceful of nature. Well, they witnessed a gorilla getting a faceful of nature.

Bronx Zoo Gorilla Sexcapades Are Nature’s Way

Many believe that humans are the only primates that have sex for fun. However, that’s not true. In fact, gorilla sexcapdes like the one witnessed by Bronx Zoo attendees happen all the time in nature. The New York Post article that contains the video noted that many primates go to Funkytown for fun.

In fact, many animal species get it on just like the gorilla pair in the Bronx Zoo. For instance, cheetahs, bears, and a wide variety of apes enjoy a little “face time,” with their partners. While gorillas engage in oral sex for pleasure in the wild, bonobos are by far the most, let’s say, amorous apes. They’re called “hippie apes,” and apparently, they’re all about free love. NYP quoted Steven D. Pinkerton’s Sexual Nature/Sexual Culture. “…bonobos behave as if they have read the Kama Sutra – performing every position and variation one can imagine.”

The man who shot the video at the Bronx Zoo’s gorilla exhibit didn’t know any of that before last weekend. He told the Post that he was “shocked,” by what he saw. The fact that he had little ones in tow made it more embarrassing for him. He said, “I was in the gorilla exhibit with my 4-year-old daughter and niece. My wife had to stay out of the exhibit with my sleeping son, so I wanted to capture a lot of video. Then this magic happened.”

You know what they say, “Life, uh, finds a way,” and so do gorillas.