Aww!
Toddler and baby gorilla lock eyes then begin playing game no one can ignore
They were having the best time!
Harper Gillis
09.26.23

Imagine this: you’re at the zoo with your toddler, expecting nothing more than a day filled with animal sights and sounds.

But what if your little one ends up making an unexpected friend?

That’s precisely what happened to Isaiah and his parents during their visit to the Columbus Zoo.

They thought it would be just another day of watching animals, but little did they know, Isaiah was about to form a connection with a baby gorilla named Kamoli.

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Kamoli was safely behind a glass enclosure in the zoo’s Congo Expedition area.

He was probably just as curious about the visitors as they were about him.

Then, along came Isaiah, a pint-sized bundle of energy, ready to make a new friend.

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“He was just looking at the gorillas, and we said to him, ‘Isaiah, what do the gorillas do?’ and he started pounding his chest,” Isaiah’s mom, Sherry Chute, shared with The Columbia Dispatch.

This simple, innocent action was the spark that ignited a friendship. Kamoli was intrigued.

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What happened next was like a scene from a children’s book.

Kamoli and Isaiah started a playful game of tag.

Kamoli would dash to one side of his enclosure, and Isaiah, not wanting to be left out, would scamper after him.

It was as if an invisible thread of friendship had tied them together.

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The game continued, with Kamoli running to the opposite side of his enclosure and Isaiah following suit.

When Kamoli decided to play hide-and-seek behind a tree, Isaiah eagerly joined in, trying to spot his new friend.

The air was filled with Isaiah’s giggles and what one could only assume were Kamoli’s internal chuckles.

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Sherry couldn’t have been happier watching this unfold.

“It was delightful to see Isaiah make such a unique and exotic friend,” she said.

“Humans and gorillas share so much in common, so it’s not surprising that these two got along like a house on fire.”

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The duo’s game of tag and hide-and-seek went on for about five minutes, which in toddler and baby gorilla time, could have easily stretched into an entire day of fun.

As they prepared to leave, Isaiah waved and cheerfully said, “Bye, gorilla!”

Sherry reflected on the moment, saying, “It was a truly fun interaction.”

“Isaiah is a playful kid by nature. Seeing him so genuinely happy melted my heart.”

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The heartwarming encounter didn’t just melt Sherry’s heart; it melted the internet’s heart too.

The video capturing this adorable exchange has garnered over 2 million views on YouTube.

What a memorable moment they captured, see below!

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