Old 08-11-2011, 11:07 AM
Saltire Saltire is offline
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Can gorillas jump?

The ads for The Rise of the Planet of the Apes feature a gorilla jumping from a bridge deck onto a helicopter flying next to the bridge. Watching that, it occurred to me that I don't think I've ever seen a gorilla jump at all. The only time I've seen one with both feet off the ground was when it was swinging on something.

Do gorillas ever jump? If not, is it just because they don't need to (being ground-dwelling), or are they somehow incapable of it?
Old 08-11-2011, 12:14 PM
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are they somehow incapable of it?
Based on no knowledge at all, I think gorillas have similar muscle attachments to chimps, and chimps can do backflips. So I would think gorillas can jump; they just don't have to. And of course their great weight would limit the jump height.

And aren't the apes in that movie chimps?

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Old 08-11-2011, 01:59 PM
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I've seen a gorilla jump from a platfrom to a firehose and then swing to another platform.
Old 08-11-2011, 02:01 PM
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Some, but not the white ones.
Old 08-11-2011, 05:07 PM
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Old 08-11-2011, 05:16 PM
obfusciatrist obfusciatrist is offline
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Originally Posted by brocks View Post
And aren't the apes in that movie chimps?
Mostly, but there's a small contingent of gorillas and orangutans as well.
Old 08-11-2011, 08:12 PM
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Yeah, I think if you peeved one off enough it would find a way, but I'd be more worried about what it'll do to you if it did jump, rather than wether it can. (always take the safe route, if one's mad at you, assume it can jump)
Old 08-12-2011, 05:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Hbns View Post
The man in white was veterinarian Ralph Farnsworth, whom Casey undoubtedly associated with needles from when he had to be sedated for medical procedures.
A vet I know has said the he is the most hated person in the zoo where he works.
Old 08-12-2011, 08:45 AM
Zsofia Zsofia is offline
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I can tell you from personal experience volunteering at the zoo that gorillas can indeed jump. And that the asshole gorilla can wait until you're least expecting it and then leap at the (very heavy gauge) wire door separating you from him screaming at the top of his lungs to scare you. (It will.)


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