This handsome chap is SimSim.
I met him on an amazing blogger visit to Florida when we were taken for a day out at Busch Gardens – an African-themed zoo come thrill-ride park (I was too scared to go on most of the rides, ahem) in Tampa.
I suspect my affections for him ran deeper than normal as he was being subjected to some quite chilly stares from English Mum who, before we entered his kingdom, declared: “I hate monkeys.”
How can you hate monkeys? I mean look at how regal and powerful he is. Look at his amazingly soulful eyes.
And what about orangutans? Gorgeous creatures.
The photo is that close because we were given the opportunity to meet one of his keepers in an area up close and personal to the gorillas. And we chatted about his care and his personality and how he will do almost anything for a bucket full of mango!
SimSim, even if English Mum turns her nose up at you, I think you are magnificent. x<
This post is for week 16 of The Gallery: Creatures.
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