By Harriet Whitehead
This gorilla’s not taking the American Pledge of ‘Ape-legiance’ too seriously as he was snapped with his hand on his heart and pouting as Donald Trump lands in the UK.
The hilarious photo shows Western lowland gorilla N’Dowe from Paignton Zoo doing the hand-over-heart gesture which pledges loyalty to the American flag.
And he also appears to be mocking the president’s infamous pout by pursing his lips as he does it.
It comes as US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania land in the UK for their first official visit.
Zoo chiefs describe N’Dowe, pronounced Endovay, as a ‘gentle giant’ and a ‘great thinker’.
The 14-year-old is the highest ranking of the bachelor gorillas due to his size which is estimated at around 400lb (28 stone) and strength – which means he usually gets first dibs on food.
Paignton Zoo spokesman Phil Knowling said: “Gorillas are intelligent, complex animals – which makes it all the more heart-breaking to see them under threat in the wild.
“N’Dowe is a great thinker and loves to go fishing with sticks.
“A gentle soul, his favourite food is pretty much anything. He eats the lot.
“While it looks uncannily like he’s taking the pledge of allegiance here, maybe he’s just alarmed that Trump is visiting the UK and is hoping he won’t turn up at the zoo
“I imagine he’ll be thinking ‘NATO? Brexit? Trade deals? Just shut up and throw me a tomato – not a banana’.”
Western lowland gorillas are a critically endangered species.
Paignton Zoo’s bachelor group play a vital role in international gorilla conservation, providing somewhere for young males to grow up in a social environment.
Some may move on to be the dominant males in bachelor or family groups in other collections as part of the European breeding programme.