Columbus Zoo Week – Gorilla

These creatures are both magnificent and scary as heck!  The size of them even when you are safely behind bars or glass is still intimidating.  But I can’t help but feel a bit sad that their world is now confined to whatever amount of area they are allotted by a zoo.  The zoo takes magnificent care of them and all that but I do feel a bit strange when I can look into the eyes of an animal and almost “feel” what it may be feeling.  Such is the case with this image.

Even though it was shot through bars I was fortunate to capture his eyes.  Eyes that for all the world look like he is thinking something.  Maybe something along the lines of “I’m am so going to mess with those funny creatures.”  A couple of chimps did scare some humans very much by slapping at their glass enclosures.  I’ve seen every Planet of the Apes movie so I’m leery 😉

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16 Responses to Columbus Zoo Week – Gorilla

  1. Uncle Tree says:

    Rottweiler genes hiding under this big guys fur. 😉 I would knot go in there!
    Good pic! Take care now, Keith

  2. Cindi says:

    We lived in the Atlanta area years ago, and my little girls and I were fascinated by the Atlanta Zoo’s great apes exhibit. So sad, so human, so massive, so funny, so scary. So many adjectives!

    Oh those eyes! You sure captured his personality.

  3. Great shot of the expression on his (?) face.

  4. etomczyk says:

    His eyes are amazing. And he does look like he’s plotting something. I’ve also seen every Planet of the Ape movie and I would not turn my back on this fellow. Love the coloring in this photo.

  5. Son of Sharecroppers says:

    How sad that we humans have created a situation in which magnificent individuals such as this must live in captivity.

    I’m sure that someone has written a science fiction story about an advanced hominid race keeping the last specimens of Homo sapiens in a zoo . . .

    Powerful photo, by the way.

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    Great capture, Teri. Like you, I find gorilla enclosures a tad disturbing and hate that this seems to be where they will all end up.

  7. Rhys Jones says:

    Somehow, seeing just one eye seems more interesting.

  8. dhphotosite says:

    Great shot Teri! It is sad though that so many critters have lost their range of territories. But at least some areas of this world are being preserved.

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