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Gorillas Have Invented A Unique Vocalization to Get Zookeepers' Attention

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In a fascinating discovery, western lowland gorillas at Zoo Atlanta have been caught summoning their keepers using a strange cough-sneeze hybrid.

Only two other species have displayed this ability to create new vocalizations to attract our attention: zoo-housed chimpanzees and orangutans. Now, we can add gorillas to that list.

Below, 24-year-old female gorilla Sukari demonstrates this gorilla equivalent to a human 'ahem' which researchers have called a 'snough'.


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