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Monday, August 9, 2010

Gorillas Play With Boy's Dropped Nintendo at San Francisco Zoo

Posted By on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 2:45 PM

click to enlarge Curse you, Mario! - CHRISTINA SPICUZZA
Usually, when inappropriate objects go into or out of zoo enclosures at the San Francisco Zoo, the results are not funny. But a laugh-out-loud-and-spit-coffee-on-the-keyboard story just came over the transom involving exactly that.

It all involves a butter-fingered boy, a hand-held Nintendo gaming system, a conveniently stationed professional photographer, and some videogame-loving gorillas.

It all went down on Aug. 6, when a boy who shall remain nameless absent-mindedly dropped his Nintendo DS into the gorilla enclosure. Rather than give it the old luggage test, the curious primates decided to enjoy the luxury of hand-held videogaming technology.

Giving this story the final element it deserves, professional photographer Christina Spicuzza just happened to be on-site, with her camera ready. She captured a series of photographs falling somewhere between 2001 and The Wizard (you can see them all here):

click to enlarge Go away kid, you're bothering me... - CHRISTINA SPICUZZA

The story ended happily, fittingly enough. The butter-fingered boy got his Nintendo back after a zoo trainer managed to execute an apple-for-DS trade (both sides came out feeling like they got the better end of the deal). Apart from some gorilla spit, the device apparently worked just fine.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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