If you haven’t seen the video yet of the gorilla playing around in the kiddie pool, well, here it is. You’re welcome.
This may be the best thing ever in the history of the internet. It features Zola, a gorilla at the Dallas Zoo, during what the zoo calls Enrichment. That’s basically a time for animals to be out of the public eye doing things they enjoy.
What Zola enjoys, clearly, is spending some time in his small, blue pool. The ape begins by clapping his hands, letting the cool water splash up on his massive body, and then goes into full Jennifer-Beals-from-Flashdance mode.
The video springs to mind the interminably long, oppressively hot New Orleans summers of youth when nothing could recharge life’s batteries like a late-afternoon dip with neighborhood buddies. The cool waters always magically dissolved the blankets of lethargy that collected during the day.
I can relate, Zola.
I’ve watched the video a dozen times, and can’t help but smile every time I see it. If you can’t have that much fun in a pool, then why go swimming?
Todd Masson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504.232.3054.