A gorilla who was born in the Netherlands and raised in an Australian zoo has become a magnet for women in Japan.
Shabani the gorilla now makes his home at the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan, where he has attracted a large following of women who flock to visit him because he is so “handsome”.
A western lowland gorilla, Shabani was raised at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo from where he moved to Japan in 2007. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Shabani the gorilla, who grew up in an Australian zoo, has become a heartthrob among women in Japan.
2. Shabani now lives in Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, southwest of Tokyo.
Zoo officials reveal that since Shabani moved to the zoo in Nagoya, there has been a marked increase in young female visitors, Chunichi reported.
Shabani’s rise to stardom began on Twitter, where users tweeted pictures of him claiming he is “too handsome”.
The gorilla’s Twitter followers often refer to him as an “ikemen”, which means a “good-looking man”.
Taronga Zoo senior zookeeper Allan Schmidt explained that Shabani came to Australia from the Netherlands in December 1996, when he was just two months old.
3. He has attracted a large following of admirers who come visit him because he is so “handsome”.
4. Zoo officials said there had been a notable increase in young female visitors thanks to Shabani.
Asked for his reaction to Shabani’s popularity, Schmidt said:
No, because the Japanese are crazy… The Japanese love their fads… I would say most people would consider him fairly dashing.
Schmidt added that this is not Shabani’s first brush with internet fame. After moving to Japan, the gorilla was pictured walking along a tightrope in his enclosure in 2007.
The zookeeper explained that Shabani was moved to Nagoya to mate with three female gorillas and has already had two healthy male offspring.
5. Shabani’s rise to fame has been fueled by Twitter, where fans post pictures of him saying he is “too handsome”.
6. A Taronga Zoo said that Shabani was one of the original group of gorillas to be introduced to the zoo.
7. He came with a family of gorillas from the Netherlands in 1996 and lived at Taronga for 11 years.
Shabani has lived at the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya since 2007, but didn’t become so popular until recently, according to Rocket News 24.
Pictures of the “handsome gorilla” shared on social media show him in moments where he seems to be flexing his muscles, staring pensively into the distance or playing with younger gorillas.
Comments posted along the images often describe him as “hot” and “too handsome”. One woman wrote:
I went to Higashiyama Zoo. This hot Shabani ikemen was certainly handsome.
Another fan shared a photo with the caption:
Shabani who is in Higashiyama Zoo is famous as the too handsome gorilla!
8. Shabani the “handsome gorilla” strikes a pose.
9. Women flock to a “handsome gorilla”.
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