He steals women's hearts


A giant gorilla with brooding good looks and rippling muscles is causing a stir at a Japanese zoo, with women flocking to check out the hunky pin-up. Shabani, an 18-year-old silverback weighing around 180kg, often strikes smouldering poses at Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture. Women have taken to social media to gush over him, describing him as an "ikemen" - or a hunk - and likening him to a male model.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2015, with the headline 'He steals women's hearts'. Print Edition | Subscribe