Bokito born 14 March is a male western gorilla born in captivity, currently living in Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo in Rotterdam , the Netherlands. He became the subject of considerable media coverage after breaking out of his enclosure on 18 May , abducting a female visitor and severely injuring her. Bokito was born in the Zoologischer Garten , Berlin , Germany , and was abandoned by his mother at birth. He was then raised by human attendants. To avoid the risk of inbreeding , he was transferred to Rotterdam in August , where the mauling incident later took place. In mid, Bokito escaped from his enclosure in Berlin and climbed its 3-metre-high 9.
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Now, health insurance company FBTO is distributing eye-contact disguising glasses that allow zoo visitors to stare all they like, a behavior that is threatening to most of the great apes. A boon to the shy, the voyeuristic, and anyone who wants to look pensive or, frankly, a little weird, the glasses may also be useful to anyone who goes to zoos with sketching in mind. From the blog of Dinotopia creator James Gurney :.
If you want to draw portraits of great apes, you have to approach them in the proper way. I approached the glass with a submissive posture, looking down at the ground and backing up with my hand out. The gorilla loved it. He had never seen a human act like a polite ape before. He came right up to the glass and posed for me while I did this half-hour portrait from just two feet away. It was like sketching someone on a subway. I tried to just glance at him discreetly out of the corner of my eye.
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From the blog of Dinotopia creator James Gurney : If you want to draw portraits of great apes, you have to approach them in the proper way. Have a tip we should know? Follow The Mary Sue:. Susana Polo - Editor at Large.
Bokito Glasses for all Zoo visitors - guerilla The Netherlands
Bokito is now a world famous gorilla, after he escaped from his enclosure in the Rotterdam Zoo May18, and tore up the zoo while attacking a woman in particular and several other people. The woman who was attacked had been a regular visitor to the great apes' enclosure, visiting an average of 4 times per week. She had a habit of touching the glass that separated her from the gorillas, while making eye contact with Bokito and smiling to him, a practice that is discouraged by primatologists, as apes are likely to interpret human smiling as a form of aggressive display. Zoo employees had previously warned her against doing this, but she continued, claiming a special bond with him: in an interview with De Telegraaf, she said "if I laugh at him, he laughs back". Bokito was probably extremely annoyed with this woman in particular since he went after her when he escaped from his enclosure, and inflicted more than bite wounds on her as well as several broken bones. The Great escape of Gorilla Bokito compilation of clips.
Bokito, pictured above, is a gorilla at the Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo in the Netherlands. The same, unfortunately, could not be said in , when he attacked a zoo visitor. On May 18, , Bokito jumped over the ditch that separated his Rotterdam enclosure from the public and violently attacked a woman, dragging her around for tens of metres and inflicting bone fractures as well as more than a hundred bite wounds. He subsequently entered the nearby restaurant, causing panic among the visitors. During this encounter, three more people were injured as a result of the panic.