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We went through some photos with the Louisville Zoo's now famous gorilla Jelani

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Jelani lives in the Zoo's widely popular Gorilla Forest exhibit with with three other teen males who love to clown around. Jelani lives in the Zoo's widely popular Gorilla Forest exhibit with with three other teen males who love to clown around.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He's a gorilla for the social media age, who's been captivated by pictures since he was young. The Louisville Zoo says a Lexington man took a video of a teenager scrolling through photos with 18-year-old Western Lowland gorilla Jelani, and the video went viral.

"He loves to look at cell phone videos interacting with the public and a lot of times if you show him a video, he'll come over and hang out," Jill Katka, the Asst Mammal Curator says, 

So we tried it.

Jelani immediately came over as we showed him pictures of children, but he quickly signaled when he was no longer amused.

"When he is bored with the picture, he'll shake his hand, sometimes look away and he's very clear when it's time to move on to the next one," Katka explained. "He really prefers pics of animals and especially of apes and monkeys. He also likes to look at pictures of people." 

But apparently, like the rest of us, he gets bored looking at things like spreadsheets and pictures of shovels (we're not sure who showed him a picture of a shovel or why). 

Jelani lives in the Zoo's widely popular Gorilla Forest exhibit with with three other teen males who love to clown around. Jelani's new-found fame is expected to bring a lot more visitors. But when the crowds die down, he still needs some photo love.

"During the winter time or when it is quiet at the zoo, if people can come show him some videos and pictures and keep him entertained, that is great," Katka said.

None of the other gorillas have the same fascination. So if you want him to come over, show him your phone,or -- even better -- an iPad 
since it's easier to see.

Jelani is on rotation throughout the day. He doesn't have any set hours, but lots of people are hoping they too can share some photos with him.

More: A gorilla at the Louisville Zoo is now an internet star

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