Gorilla Whisperer – Day Out at Como Zoo
I have been an animal lover since I can remember! In fact, I can remember spending so many weekends and summers at my grandmothers farm. Playing in the pastures with the goats and the cattle and every other animal I could get close too. You could usually catch me feeding and petting the horses , even squirrels! My uncle at one time called me an animal whisperer. He noted how I seemed to have connections with these animals that they always followed me around everywhere! On this day at Como Zoo, I am being called the Gorilla Whisperer!
Just a regular Dr. Doolittle, well not really! I could most probably go on about loads of stories. However this story is about my visit to the Minnesota Como Zoo and my favorite Gorilla! Now before I talk about my visit at Como Zoo, I’d like to say, I do not agree with the confinement of these animals. I always leave the zoo feeling a bit of sadness for them. Como Zoo is a free zoo and they have done a lot of improvements over the years to make these animals living area’s less cruel from resident’s donations. It’s unfortunate that these animals can no longer be put back out in their natural habitat and thus, I think monies would be better spent making the living situations more comfortable for zoo animals and bans should be placed on building any new zoo’s!
Como Zoo in Minnesota has been a place I grew up going to and took my children and on this last visit took my grandson. I am happy to see so much has changed over the years and yet there are still some areas where they need to have improvements. My favorite stop has always been in the primates building to Visit my favorite gorilla.
Now, this gorilla is not anybody’s friend. In fact, he has been called the angry gorilla and has been known to throw himself at the glass and scare visitors as well as he likes to turn his back side up against the glass to all the gawkers! You’d be angry too if you were on display, I always think. But this beast as he has been called is not a violent nasty gorilla, he is just very unhappy with being kept in captivity and very selective about who he likes! To My surprise I make the cut!
Gorillas can live 40 to 50 years in captivity and over the past 25 years I have visited this gorilla several times and each time has a story! He knows me, He really knows me I thought on my last visit. I wish I knew his name so I will call him my gorilla. My gorilla was sat far off in the distance and when I arrived with my family and I crouched down to get a glimpse of him. He immediately came to the glass and faced me. We sat there with our eyes locked for a few minutes and I placed my hand on the glass as I usually do and he placed his. My mom commented, look at him, how he sits for you. My reply is that he knows me and he has done this for 25 years since I have been coming to the zoo!
But, as soon as I stood up and started to walk away a group of visitors mostly children came to the window in which the gorilla angry again, turned his back and smooshed his backside up against the window before running off! I feel terribly sad for him but at the same time I feel so privileged that this gorilla seems always happy to see me!
More from the Primates
While at the zoo, we also saw some fantastically beautiful animals.
We had a lot of enjoyment watching the tigers play with a pumpkin. One tiger batting the pumpkin aground like a soccer ball while the other sat behind a rock waiting to pounce and take the pumpkin away!
The polar bears where delightful to watch as they played and lazily rolled around on this warm Autumn day!
Additional Como Zoo Beauties!
If your looking for something to do while in Minnesota, I would recommend Como Zoo! There is quite a bit to do here besides see the animals. They also have quite a large Conservatory, which is especially nice to get out of the cold in the winter. They also have little shops, cafes and learning center! The best part is that Como Zoo along with the Conservitory is free. You can donate and will find donation boxes at the entries, which help maintain the Como Zoo and Park!
For nature and animal lovers alike, Check out Mille Lacs Lake to get a view of Rare White Deer!