OK, so there’s this papa silverback gorilla just chilling in his enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. All of a sudden, one of his rambunctious kids chucks some dirt right at his face. What would you do?
Based on what I know about gorillas (ahem, Planet of the Apes, Tarzan, King Kong, George of the Jungle), I’d probably expect dad to pummel a good old-fashioned lesson into the little guy. But, surprisingly, he doesn’t.
Instead, he patiently gives the kid a searing look that could easily be interpreted as saying, “You know what you did was wrong. Don’t make the mistake of doing it again.”
Then he lets the little ape go back to wrestling around with his sibling.
So, next time your kids are driving you up the wall in public, remember this responsible papa gorilla and the parental patience he just taught you.