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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

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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