Gorilla pleads with his friend for carrots but he’s left empty-handed

Gorilla pleads with his friend for carrots but he’s left empty-handed

Hand ’em over! Adorable photos show gorilla pleading with his friend for carrots but he’s left empty-handed

  • Western lowland gorillas at Paignton Zoo in Devon were photographed having an argument over carrots 
  • Alpha male N’Dowe was seen urging less dominant Kivu to hand over the goods during feeding time, last week
  • They appear to have an exchange before an upset N’Dowe is forced to back down
  • The photographer said N’Dowe looked upset after the argument but was given tomatoes by their keeper

There’s fierce competition for carrots when it comes to dinner time at Paignton Zoo.  

These fascinating photos show two huge lowland gorillas arguing over the vegetables, with one pleading with the other to hand over one of the two carrots he’s seized last week.

The funny photographs, taken by zoo visitor, show alpha male N’Dowe walking up to the less dominant Kivu and putting out his hand out as if waiting for the treats to be handed over. 

Two gorillas have been spotted having an argument over food with one of them demanding the other to hand over carrots at Paignton Zoo in Devon, last week

Photographs show western lowland gorilla N’Dowe (right) approaching the less dominant Kivu (left) and urging him to hand over the goods during feeding time at Paignton Zoo in Devon last week


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They then appear to have an exchange before an upset N’Dowe, who is the highest ranking of the group, is forced to back down

The photographer, who asked not to be named, said: ‘You can see N’Dowe walk out looking mean, approach Kivu and demand that he hand over the carrots he had already collected’

They then appear to have an exchange before an upset N’Dowe, who is the highest ranking of the group, is forced to back down. 

The photographer, who asked not to be named, said: ‘You can see N’Dowe walk out looking mean, approach Kivu and demand that he hand over the carrots he had already collected. 

‘Kivu backed off slowly, but did not hand over his carrots. So, from looking at his face, N’Dowe looked rather upset but was given some tomatoes by the keeper, so it was a happy ending,’ they said. 


‘Kivu backed off slowly, but did not hand over his carrots. So, from looking at his face, N’Dowe looked rather upset but was given some tomatoes by the keeper, so it was a happy ending,’ they said

Gorillas have a pecking order with the strongest – N’Dowe – usually getting first pick. The two gorillas are part of the Paignton Zoo charity’s bachelor group and play a vital role in international gorilla conservation

Gorillas have a pecking order with the strongest – N’Dowe – usually getting first pick. 

In most cases the lower ranking will submit to the higher ranking but on this occasion Kivu was victorious. 

The two gorillas are part of the Paignton Zoo charity’s bachelor group and play a vital role in international gorilla conservation.

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