Why Japanese Women Had Gone Head Over Heels With This “Handsome” Gorilla

Meet Shabani, the handsome male gorilla that has managed to steal the hearts of young women all over Japan!

GOSH! Just look at that face…and that body!

Why Japanese Women Had Gone Head Over Heels With This "Handsome" GorillaHe is fondly known as ‘Ikimen’, a Japanese term for ‘good-looking man’, and some have even hailed him as the animal-world equivalent of George Clooney or Hugh Jackman!

Why Japanese Women Had Gone Head Over Heels With This "Handsome" Gorilla

See what I mean?!

Shabani, who grew up in an Australian zoo, has been living at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan, since 2007. The western lowland gorilla is blessed with a shiny black coat and a macho brooding expression that make him very photogenic. In fact, his photos have gone viral on Twitter, where fans have shared them thousands of times over with comments like:

“He’s too handsome!”

Why Japanese Women Had Gone Head Over Heels With This "Handsome" GorillaAccording to BBC News, it’s the gorilla’s sensitive eyes that have captured the imagination of women all over Japan. Gorillas are usually associated with “chest-thumping ferocity,” but Shabani is different. Women consider him to be not only Ikimen, but also ‘ikumen’ – ‘a hands-on dad who looks after his children’. Shabani is like a dream-come-true for many busy working mothers in Japan and he’s shaping up to be the perfect role model for Japanese men who are interested in impressing women!

Not bad, mate!

Why Japanese Women Had Gone Head Over Heels With This "Handsome" GorillaBelieve it or not most of the photos of Shabani posted on social media sites are tagged ‘hot’ or ‘handsome’. Not only that, Shabani himself, is blissfully unaware of his massive Twitter following but senior zookeeper Allan Schmidt says that he’s used to having his pictures taken all the time. Just after he moved to Nagoya, he was photographed walking along a tightrope inside the zoo enclosure. Since then, he has always enjoyed the limelight.

Why Japanese Women Had Gone Head Over Heels With This "Handsome" GorillaMore so, another reason for Shabani’s massive popularity, as Schmidt points out, is because the Japanese are crazy and they love their fads. Most people consider the 18-year-old gorilla to be fairly dashing. Indeed, his photographs do carry a certain quality, as though he’s quite aware of the camera. No matter what he’s doing – flexing his muscles, playing with younger gorillas, or simply staring into the distance, his sensitive eyes always seem to ooze with sex appeal.

He is more buff than most gorillas and he’s at his peak physically. We’ve seen a rise in the number of female visitors – women say he’s very good-looking. I suppose it won’t be too long before the dashing gorilla lands a few plum movie offers and endorsement deals,” as zoo spokesperson Takayuki Ishikawa told the media.

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