A Gorilla Plays Rugby In This Delightful Video. Watch

The gorilla displayed some fine "ball-carrying skills"

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Looks like Pertinax the gorilla is brushing up on his rugby skills before the upcoming Rugby World Cup. The 37-year-old male gorilla, a resident of the Paignton Zoo in Devon, UK, was spotted playing with a rugby ball in his enclosure. A video shows the gorilla looking at the ball curiously and throwing it around. Pertinax is a Western lowland gorilla who weighs a hefty 190 kgs and is 6-feet-tall.

According to Paignton Zoo, the rugby balls were donated by Lovell Rugby, the world's largest online rugby store.

The zoo added in its statement that Pertinax displayed some fine "ball-carrying skills", but that his tendency to burst balls could get him into trouble with the referee.

Senior keeper Alex Perry explained: "This is an excellent form of environmental enrichment - the balls are novel items and stimulate the gorillas to play. We smeared a little honey on the ball, too, as an incentive. It's great to have a locally-based company like Lovell help us out by donating balls."

Bornean orangutan Mali and her 6-year-old daughter Tatau were also spotted playing with rugby balls.

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