A hungry gorilla.
It is sitting up and looking around now. I guess it is full.
Wait a minute. Look. Oh, no. Now the gorilla is bending over. What will it do next?
Although not seen in wild gorillas, regurgitation and reingestion (R & R) of food is common in zoos. It doesn’t cause any medical problems, and it isn’t a sign of poor health. In the wild, gorillas eat large quantities of high-fiber, relatively low-calorie foods such as fruits, leaves, herbs and bark, which are difficult to duplicate in zoos... Because zoo diets are more nutritious (concentrated), the amount of food in a zoo diet is less. Due to this, zoo gorillas may still “feel” hungry and develop the habit of re-eating their food. R & R has never been observed in the wild. Though all our gorillas do some R & R, it is infrequent... WPZ and other zoos are working to provide zoo gorillas with more food like their natural diet. Zookeepers call this food “browse,” and it includes cut branches and herbaceous vegetation. Browse, hay and food puzzles are just some of the ways in which keepers try to discourage R & R.A quick search on youtube.com resulted in almost thirty videos when searching for gorilla eat vomit. Go ahead, click one. You will laugh. You will be disgusted. You probably won't be hungry for tomato soup.
The next time you are at the zoo, look to see if the gorillas are having their version of R & R. We all deserve a little every now and then, don't we? As for the mil10s, having made two trips to the zoo in one year, we are ready for "R & R" in Florida. Fewer than sixty days of waiting!