LOUISVILLE, KY — It was an average day at the Louisville Zoo for YouTube video editorPaul Ross. He was visiting the zoo’s gorilla sanctuary for the first time with his daughter when he noticed another visitor showing his iPhone to a gorilla named Jelani.
Jelani looked very intrigued, so Ross asked the man what he was showing the gorilla. He said he was showing him pictures of other gorillas.
Ross told WXIN that the interaction between the man and the gorilla lasted for a very long time, and he only captured a snippet of it.
“In the moment you could tell everyone’s excitement,” said Ross.
Jelani is a Western Lowland Gorilla – a species classified as “critically endangered” — and has lived in Louisville’s gorilla sanctuary since 2002.
Jelani’s bio on the zoo’s website says, “He is a laid-back individual and likes to look at cellphone photos and videos.”
Ross says he is in no way affiliated with the zoo or any wildlife cause, but given the popularity of the video, he wants people to direct their emotions to researching the cause here.