Watch a Little Girl and a Gorilla at The Zoo Play Kiss Through The Glass

Written by Colby Maxwell
Published: November 28, 2022
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If you’ve ever seen a primate in person, it can sometimes be shocking just how human-like they are. Seeing them tenderly care for a baby or pick apart food they don’t really want to eat, it can be an uncanny reflection of behaviors that humans show all the time! Seeing those sorts of things can be a great reminder of the connection that primates and humans have, plus our mandate to care for them as best as we can. In this video, we see just how beautiful that connection can be!

In a video uploaded a few years ago, we get to witness a rather intimate moment between a little girl and a small gorilla at a zoo. The clip shows a little girl walking up to the glass divider at a zoo, hoping to catch the attention of a baby gorilla on the other side.

Laughing all the while, the girl slaps the glass hoping to tell the baby gorilla that she wants to play. At first, the gorilla doesn’t really respond, until it does! Once it notices that the little girl is trying to play, it slaps the glass back in what clearly looks like a mimic of what the girl had been doing before.

Then, placing it’s hands on the glass sill, the baby gorilla makes a face that can only be described as a “kissy face”! Without missing a beat, the little girl runs up to where the gorilla is “kissing” the glass and plants one directly where their lips would meet.

Baby Eastern gorilla in Congo rainforest
Gorillas are quite intelligent and sometimes have strikingly similar mannerisms to humans.

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Much to the laughter of everyone behind the girl, the “kiss” seemed to form a connection between the gorilla and the girl immediately. Running back and forth, the gorilla slapped the glass and flailed its arms in the air just like a toddler looking to play would do.

In the few calm moments between playing with one another, the camera gets a close look at the baby gorilla’s face. In those short moments, we can see just how aware and intelligent this creature is and how much fun it’s having with the little girl through the glass.

Aside from humans, few animals are as intelligent as gorillas. Whether it’s sign language or incredible displays of empathy, it is often disarming to see just how “human-like” our distant ancestors can be. In fact, watching a baby gorilla play in a zoo with a smile on its face may be the closest connection to our ancient evolutionary past that humans will ever get! Despite splitting off in different evolutionary directions between 8-19 million years ago, there is a clear connection between them and us.

Those moments of connection that we have with animals sometimes happens in our homes with our dogs, or in the wild reaches while camping or exploring, but other times, it happens in the Atlanta Zoo when a little girl decides to give a baby gorilla a kiss through the glass. Kids, whether human or primate, just want to play!

Check out the video below!

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Colby is a freelance writer from Charlotte, North Carolina. When he isn't distracted by his backyard birdfeeder, you can find him camping, exploring, and telling everyone around him about what he's recently learned. There's a whole world to learn about and Colby is content to spend his life learning as much as he can about it!

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