Japanese Women Going Bananas Over ‘Handsome’ Gorilla
Just when you thought the world couldn't get any more weird, you find out about Shabani. There's a new hearthrob on the island nation of Japan and he's not what you're expecting. Tall, dark, and handsome could be one way to describe a Lowland Gorilla, but fans of Shabani and his moody looks have a few more interesting ways to explain him.
Shabani originally came from Australia in 2007 to Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan, where he settled in seemingly under the radar. It didn't take long, however, for zoo visitors to start noticing the well-built gorilla, even sparking a bit of an internet sensation as more and more women started realizing they have a little soft spot for the ape.
Shabani now has the title of 'ikemen' with the ladies, translated roughly to mean "extremely good looking young man". What's more, the Higashiyama zoo employees have noticed an uptick in women visitors to the zoo, a phenomenon they credit Shabani for. Now visitors are finding themselves at home questioning whether or not they feel attracted to an ape. It doesn't help them that Shabani has started to enjoy his time in the limelight, spotted flexing for cameras and using poses that look like they were lifted from the Vogue runway.