Friday, August 6, 2010

You got Donkey Kong on this thing?

Please view photos on flickr.


CAMERA UPDATE:  I now believe I know the problem with my camera after my sweet little doggie, Ninja, crashed into the lens the other day.  I cannot exactly pinpoint what is rattling, but there seems to be a problem with the power.  Shortly after arriving at the SF Zoo today, it died.  But, always being prepared, I had spare batteries.  Then about 10 pictures into the new batteries, the red "low battery" signal showed up again.  I could take a picture, then it would shut off.  Then I could turn it on again, take one picture, then it shut off again.  Good news is, I can still take pictures, bad news is, I can only take one and I don't have very long to do so.

So as I said, we went to the San Francisco Zoo today, and were treated to a very funny incident when a gorilla got hold of a Nintendo NDS that a little boy dropped into the gorilla habitat.



The gorilla was very interested in his prized new find.



It wasn't long before the little gorilla wanted to see what it was.



He was trying to figure it out.



Then he flipped it around to see if that would work.



Then they both held it very close to their eyes to try to see through it.



Of course, the little guy thought he could do a better job and figure it out.  Kids, ya know.





Then, I began taking this video.  But it wasn't very long into it, that my camera died.  At the very end of the movie, you can see the gorilla start to get up.  It was at that moment that a trainer lured him over with an apple, and traded the game for the shiny red apple.

The little boy got his game system back, a little beat up and slobbered on, but it still worked.

53 comments:

  1. Great Story!!! Mom

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  2. The gorilla got cheated - an apple for a NDS!

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  3. Ay maé ! que chocha¡

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  4. Catherine Bleish, do you kiss your mother with that mouth? This is NOT the place for your unrelated opinions.

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  5. Hey Girlfriend, Awesome stuff here. Thanks for sharing the other info on how this is getting around. Good for you. Have a WONDERFUL day! You know who.....

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  6. Wow...Catherine, did you just pop in from the 19th century? How'd you figure out how to use the keyboard thingy to make words on the moving picture? I'm sure there's a forum on FOX you could bum around in and everyone would pat you on the back for your ignorance...

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  7. Appalled by CatherineAugust 9, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Agree w/K. Catherine Bleish, your post is horrible, hateful and ignorant.

    Chris - fun series of pix.

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  8. Thank you for the beautiful photos!!!
    As for that woman (if you can call her that) who posted that hateful remark. Maybe she should be put in the cage instead of the ape.
    William Baker

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  9. just a beautiful picture of the gorilla's interest in a toy made for man. No surprize he would be interested being so close to the human image.As sweet a photo as ever.

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  10. I'm not a Obama fan myself, but it those kind of remarks that help keep him in the white house. I don't think anyone at FOX would pat her on the back for that. At least we can all enjoy the great photos.

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  11. Great story! How sad that some people have to try to ruin everything with their ignorance. What a pathetic life she must lead carrying all that bitterness.

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  12. Photos were nice and entertaining. Maybe Catherine Bleish should change her last name. Keep the B and change the rest to rhyme with the word "witch"

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  13. There's a woman that is full of bitterness and possibly wrong parenting and she needs to experience forgiveness...so here goes...I do forgive you for assaulting our eyes, however, you might want to step out of the gene pool if you can't accept this forgiveness and try to reach some higher ground.

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  14. Why on earth would anyone go off on such a tangent? If ignorance is bliss...

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  15. you know Catherine Bleish evidently you have not grown up yet don't be mad cause your president is black it was and still is time for a change you know, just accept it and keep it moving and you know that the money needs to rotate this world/country because when it is all boiled down to one thing called survival everyone needs that not just you sweety so grow up or stay bitter God has this taken care of so don't critisize his work and besides this artical was about a hand held game and an ape how did you get that rotten comment out of that noone asked you to break down anything so don't worry about the truth be happy about the truth!

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  16. Apes are just as smart as a child, so no wonder the little red box thing with noise and sound would grab her attention. Cool to see that kind of interaction.
    As for the person with the tiny mind and low ideas of self.... dear i would rather spend the day with the apes then you.

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  17. I think it's spelled KKKatherine. Uncalled for comment there trailerchik

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  18. and catherine bleish seems like the only nigger on this site is youuuuuuuuuuuu cause the last i look in the dictionary nigger did not have a color it only means ignorance of a person and all fingers point to you please pray for a kinder heart so this world can be a better place for all of us and not just your MONEY!

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  19. I thought the photos were interesting and as for Catherine, where the do you get off using racial slurs? nobody asked for to chime in with your two cents. you are just plain ignorant!!!

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  20. Note to Catherine Bleish:
    It is people like you who are responsible for most of the problems in this world. Gorillas are wonderful intelligent animals, struggling to survive as a species. Our president is a MAN, just like any other MAN. Please make an effort to study biology so that you understand the differences between gorillas and people, and so that you understand that apes cannot vote. Perhaps, if you get an education in biology, you will no longer be someone most of us pity for your ignorance. It is a very sad commentary on your community that you continue to exist in such a state of ignorance. ;-(

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  21. Interesting, Catherine. You are the Director of the Liberty Restoration Project? Singlehandedly, with one ignorant blog, you have destroyed all credibility of your organization. Congratulations!

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  22. Liberty Restoration Project
    Executive Director – Catherine Bleish
    Catherine@libertyrestorationproject.org
    816-868-8806

    The above is the contact information for Catherine Bleish. For somebody who appears to be associated with the "Liberty Restoration Project", she may want to take into future consideration is that the Pledge of Allegiance ends with "Liberty and Justice for all", not just those individuals she deems deserving.

    She has take a simple, innocent story and tied it up with a bow made out of racism and hate. Turning something beautiful into a political agenda, and put it on display for the world to see.

    Catherine Bleish should be ashamed of herself. She has given our country a black eye with her fist full of hatred, and here's hoping she enjoys her newfound fame.

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  23. WOW Cat....you really put yoru foot in your mouth this time..or do I have it backwards..are you just now taking your foot out of your mouth. B/c surely you haven't been able to walk around all this time with that ignorant, hateful mindset and not get your aXX kicked.And when you say "OUR" money..who could are you talking about? Your money is the money "YOU" earn on your 8-5(assuming that you have a job)Next time there's an opportunity to share your opinion...DON'T!

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  24. What tickled me? Your aspirations your whole life to become a photographer...and your photos made it to the MSNBC home page. That must feel TERRIFIC!

    Congrats on your perfect timing and your clever captures, and whatever you do...don't let the unenlightened spoil this moment!

    And thanks for sharing the pics of the Gorillas -- I was tickled when I saw the bit on MSNBC to see the San Francisco gang get a little press!

    --Bay Area Resident

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  25. I think someone who dislikes Catherine Bleish posted pretending to be her, why would you announce yourself like that with a comment like that knowing about the backlash?

    Its pretty clear that someone posted that with an agenda guys

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  26. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catherine-Elizabeth-Bleish/#!/pages/Catherine-Elizabeth-Bleish/228996876830?ref=ts

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  27. When you click on her name (in blue) in her post, it takes you directly to the Liberation Restoration Project homepage. She is listed as the "Executive Director" on the contacts page.

    Highly unlikely that it was posted by someone else...time will tell.

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  28. WOW - what a distraction from nature and the creators beast - a sideways B***H, a beast in another form! I'm so sorry Chris that your site has been used for someone with mental health issues to distract from your attempt at bringing us a piece of beauty a day!!!

    Did anyone contact the organization (loosely used term I'm thinking) to see if it welcomes supporters of all races??? Did anyone post anything on their site advising their supporters of the stupidity, ignorance and backward nature of their leader??

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  29. I deleted those hateful comments by that horrible woman. There is no political agenda no social commentary in these pictures. Thank you to the rest of the people for enjoying them the way they were supposed to be viewed.
    -Chris Spicuzza

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  30. What beautiful photos of an absolutely incredible moment! Life is full of fun surprises every day, isn't it? It might be slobbered on, but that kid is the only one in his class who has shared a Nintendo with a gorilla!

    Regarding a certain comment, I have to say I'm more impressed by how many people DON'T have that same hateful mindset, regardless of political affiliations.

    Even more cool? Most of us came to this site to see some really neat photos - just another reason to smile today. Thanks for sharing these with the world, Chris!

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  31. Chris: Your photography is an inspiration to me. The photos made my day, put a smile on my face and touched my heart. What a refreshing change from listening to the news and overcoming daily stress. It's the simple things like appreciation of our blessings and nature's beauty that put things into perspective. As for Catherine's comment,it is appalling that there are still people out there with such a poisonous, destructive mentality. Words are so powerful. Words speak life or death. I pray that Catherine and people with similar views wake up to join the current century and choose life, love, and unity!

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  32. Wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing them.

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  33. Hello Chris,

    My name is Rachel Smith. I am a freelance interactive photo editor with Discovery Channel. One of our networks, Planet Green, host a daily environmental news program each day on planetgreen.discovery.com called Planet 100. Wednesday's show will be featuring this great story of the gorilla and we're hoping that you would allow us to use the one of the images to compliment our story. You can reach me at rachelksmithphoto@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks so much, and great story!

    Rachel Smith

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  34. Such beautiful pictures - thank you for sharing. I see a hater visited, but thankfully you used the delete feature appropriately, and the beauty of your pics still stands. Must've been fun to capture such a unique event! I hope the zookeepers give her a DS of her own :)

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  35. Awesome shots, Christina! My favorite shot has to be the 2nd one where I imagine the older gorilla telling the younger one, "you'll just have to wait your turn" LOL

    And then in the sixth shot, I can almost see the little one saying, "You're not doing it right!"

    And such great exposure for these photos....I found them originally on FoxNews.com so I had to blog out them at http://garyfarnam.org/wordpress/2010/08/09/free-donkey-kong-game-for-san-francisco-zoo-gorilla/

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  36. awesome. a lot can be said for right place/right time, some good pics and luck with yr cammera and batteries.

    i was surprised to see that you are a photo-a-dayer, as am I.

    come visit my blog sometime!

    cheers and congrats!

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  37. beatiful pictures, have a nice day and the books on the table.

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  38. Congratulations! Great picture!

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  39. ESSE GORILA É MAIS INTELIGENTE E ESPERTO QUE O LUIS INACIO LULA PRESIDENTE DO BRASIL.

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  40. unfortunately there IS social commentary to this. although i too love the photos, i am also thinking that it is sad that our children require so much stimuli that they need to take these devices with them everywhere they go....even to a zoo where they is so to see and experience in the real world....that part for me is sad......

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  41. I'm with Anonymous @ 7:56 AM. I am surprised that no one else thought it inappropriate that the child not only had the game system with him at the zoo but also had it out, presumably playing a game (otherwise it wouldn't have fallen in the enclosure).

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  42. My daughter pointed out that these new Nintendos have a camera in them, and the child could have been holding it to take a photo. I certainly hope that's how it happened.

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  44. Wonderful animal world!

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  45. I want and need a monkey in my house.

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  46. Chris you is a beatiful girl. Do you want married with me? Call for me. Kiss for you.
    Igor

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  47. Bawang is a female, not a male. She's amazing! And gorillas are APES not monkeys...

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  48. Hi, I'm the REAL CATHERINE BLEISH no clue what the comment said, but I can assure you I LOVE EVERYONE no matter their colour. I'm fighting for us all to live free <3

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  49. Great Story, Chris! I'm in love with that gorila.
    I enjoyed the rest of your photos on Picassa. And I feel happy for the boy. (he got his nds back!) And still working!

    I have made a short bilingual post about the story with a link to your post and also to your blog. http://naturalspain.blogspot.com

    Please, check it out and if u are dissapointed with anything about it, let me know and i will take it out.

    Thank U 4 your time and congrulations for your photos.

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  50. I've known Catherine for a while. While we disagree on some minor political points, she is a lightening rod for some people. Catherine is many things and has her faults -- but NO ONE who knows her would ever believe that those type of comments came from her.

    Those of you who simply reacted, got played. We all need to learn to question why when we are faced in information in a faceless world. Why is this being said? Who gains with this comment? What does someone gain by making this comment? If a response is required, can it wait a little while to allow the story to develop?

    Ask those questions of anyone who trys to tell you how to think or what to think.

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