And I gotta admit: He IS pretty hot. A handsome gorilla named Shabani is reportedly the latest sex symbol in Japan. According to HuffPo, women are flocking to the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya to gawk at the “shapely muscles and striking features” of the silverback gorilla.
Shabani has reportedly mastered the art of the fierce stare. “He often rests his chin on his hands and looks intently at you,” zoo spokesman Takayuki Ishikawa told Agence France-Presse on Friday.
“He is more buff than most gorillas and he’s at his peak physically. We’ve seen a rise in the number of female visitors -– women say he’s very good-looking,” Ishikawa added.
CNN reports that Shabani’s enclosure at the zoo is surrounded by fans, who shout “Look at me, Shabani!” and “This way, Shabani!” when he comes out.
They reportedly post pictures of the sexy primate, calling him “too handsome” or “ikemen,” a word that normally describes an attractive young man.
All of which would be very weird except that A) it’s Japan we’re talking about so anything goes, and B) I just recently fell in love with that super-buff kangaroo, so I’m not exactly in a position to judge.
More than one commenter has noticed a striking resemblance to presidential hopeful Rick Perry (without his glasses)