If you've ever seen gorillas in the zoo or watched them on TV, you know just how awe-inspiring they can be. But away from humans' prying eyes, these great apes get up to some strange activities people have never before been able to witness—until now. Thanks to a spy robot, a group of scientists managed to get an inside look at gorilla society. And their findings are changing everything we thought we knew about these animals. They're not the creatures we thought they were.
Take a look at those apes!
Whether you're a child or a senior citizen, everyone has a favorite animal to see at the zoo. And while elephants, hippos, and lions are all classics, there's definitely something awe-inspiring about gorillas.
The gorilla's appeal
Part of gorillas' appeal is their humanity. While we can project personalities and emotions onto other animals, apes – like gorillas and chimpanzees – are actually genetically similar to human beings. And there are plenty of behavioral connections between us and these animals.
Just like humans, gorillas live in social groups – known as troops. They can communicate, too, through a variety of vocalizations and gestures. Oh, and they're also capable of using tools. In captivity, gorillas have even learned sign language and adopted pets.
Into the wild
Given how smart gorillas are, then, scientists want to learn as much as they can about the animals. There's a limit to what you can learn in captivity, though. Studying gorillas in the wild is far superior.