VIDEO: Dancing gorilla shows off “Splashdance” routine at Dallas Zoo

DALLAS — A splashing gorilla’s sweet dance moves were captured on video at the Dallas Zoo, and many are comparing it to “Flashdance.”

His name is Zola, a 14-year-old Western lowland gorilla, and he can be seen in the video playing in a plastic pool and enjoying the water.

Dallas Zoo posted the 30-second clip of Zola splashing and spinning around Tuesday and many drew comparisons to Jennifer Beals’ character in the 1983 movie.

“Zola’s ‘dancing’ is really just a play behavior (there was no breakdance music playing in the building, we promise),” the zoo wrote in a blog post. “Play is a natural behavior present in a wide array of animals. In fact, the presence of play can signify an animal is content or comfortable, and it is recognized as an indicator for general welfare.”

In 2011, video of him dancing in a puddle at the Calgary Zoo, where he lived at the time, was viewed nearly 4 million times.

 

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