Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Chance encounter with a family of wild mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Watch more with these video collections:

As a troop of wild mountain gorillas passed through a tented camping area of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, leading a smaller troop of ecotourists to find themselves in the middle of a very unusual encounter.

Video footage, now gone viral, shows baby and adult gorillas approaching U.S. tourist John J. King II, sitting with him, and even grooming him as he sits in quiet amazement—right next to a giant male silverback gorilla…

“The trackers told us, sometimes babies might approach you, and so just basically sit there in a docile position and they will usually just move away,” King said.

At first, “this baby kind of grabbed my arm in a very gentle way. I just can’t tell you how gentle it was. It was like a young child touching your arm in a way that’s very endearing.

“Then it just escalated,” King continued. “Instead of moving away, it went behind me and started to touch me on the shoulder and on the head in what was obviously grooming.

“When the silverback walked up, I was transfixed and really set upon not engaging his eyes and trying to be docile.

Read more about the experience on

holding still with the gorillas
Next: Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek meets a family of mountain gorillas and Baby Gorilla Gladys at the Cincinnati Zoo.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

The makers of the SAVE plug-in are no longer supporting it. For site speed and security, I've chosen to discontinue its use. If you have saved videos, please back them up with browser bookmarks, Pinterest, or another page saving tool, before they disappear in May 2021. Thank you.
This video was posted 9 years ago.

Watch more videos about...



🌈 Watch these videos next...

Clear Kayak + Crystal Clear Water + Manatees

Rion Nakaya

Silverback mountain gorilla ‘Dad of the Year’

Rion Nakaya

Swimming with the elusive oarfish

Rion Nakaya

A human-sized barrel jellyfish near Cornwall

Rion Nakaya

Calaya gives birth to baby gorilla Moke at The National Zoo

Rion Nakaya

Bottlenose dolphins of Jeju Island encounter a Haenyeo diver

Rion Nakaya

Slow Loris Conservation in Vietnam

Rion Nakaya

Up close and underwater as a humpback whale breaches

Rion Nakaya

Whales swim with a paddleboarder off the coast of Esperance

Rion Nakaya