Pets & Animals

Watch Lope the dancing gorilla go ape in viral video

You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life ... OK, this is NOT a story about a dancing queen (sorry, ABBA fans). But it is about a dancing gorilla, which is almost as good!

That's right: a woman visiting Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, England, captured video of a 3-year-old silverback gorilla named Lope twirling and twirling (and falling down) to music.

After it was posted on Facebook, the video went viral, drawing over 1.1 million views thus far.

Not everyone is charmed; some commenters at the Facebook link worried that the behavior was indicative of a bored or troubled animal. But Simon Childs, the zoo's great ape team leader, told TODAY.com: "The video shows our youngest gorilla, Lope, as he is playing. He celebrated his 3rd birthday in January and play is a very important aspect of behavior for young apes, both in zoos and the wild. Visitors to Twycross Zoo can see Lope playing like this very often. When in a playful mood, adult gorillas can be seen showing this behavior too."

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Lope, loping around!

Plus, while you can't see it in the video, Lope and his fellow ape pals have a lot of room to dance around both indoors and outdoors!

Don't stop the dance, Lope: We like all of your moves. And while play may be common among young apes, they don't bust a move like you do. As Charlton Heston's character says in "Planet of the Apes": "Some apes, it seems, are more equal than others!"

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