People Are Comparing This Ridiculously Photogenic Gorilla To George Clooney And We Can’t Handle It


Get you a man who acts like an animal, but looks like George Clooney.

If you’ve been to Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan recently, you might have noticed that your heart is no longer in your chest and has, in fact, been stolen by one of the zoo’s inhabitants – Shabani the gorilla. The Japanese call him ikemen, meaning ‘handsome guy.’ We call him a brooding, musclebound heartbreaker.

Shabani spends his days flexing, staring thoughtfully into the distance, and enjoying bona fide social media fame. He’s Dutch-born, Australian-bred, now resides comfortably in your dreams. Sure, he may have two wives and at least two children already, but he’s a gorilla – they have this thing about not settling down. When he’s not too busy being Higashiyama’s official spokesman, or doing ads for Japanese candies and cakes, he’s wild company to be with.

Swipe right… Er, down, to see Shabani in all his glory, and let us know if you’d go for a walk in the jungle with him.

Meet Shabani, a 19-year-old gorilla who’s been living at Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya, Japan since 2007


He’s Dutch-born, Australian-bred, and 100% man


People in Japan have become so charmed by him, they call him ikemen – ‘handsome guy’



And, um… Can anyone blame them?

This handout picture released from the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens on June 26, 2015 shows giant male gorilla Shabani, weighing around 180kg at the Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya in Aichi prefecture, central Japan.  The 18-year-old silverback with brooding good looks and rippling muscles is causing a stir at the Japanese zoo, with women flocking to check out the hunky pin-up.    AFP PHOTO / HIGASHIYAMA ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS ---EDITORS NOTE---HANDOUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HIGASHIYAMA ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

That brooding stare, those endless eyes, the way he struts around with so much confidence…


He’s even an entertainer!


Shabani went globally viral back in 2015, and though he’s kept it humble, he seems to enjoy the fame


He’s a western lowland gorilla, a critically-endangered species native to central Africa


They are often hunted for their skin and meat, or captured to be sold to zoos


Shabani was sent to Japan as part of a breeding program, and this hunk certainly did his part


After taking 2 lucky wives, Shabani now has 2 children, named Kiyomasi and Annie


Higashiyama Zoo even made him their official spokesman


Given his resemblance to certain famous faces, we see the appeal



After teaming up with Nagoya-based department store Parco, Shabani found his true calling – modelling




Would you go for a romp in the jungle with Shabani? Tell us below!