Yesterday, I skimmed the headlines and noticed the one about that escaped gorilla (“Gorilla escapes at Dutch zoo, injures 4”) and read the following quote:
“He got over the moat, which in itself is remarkable, because gorillas can’t swim. He got onto a path for visitors and started running and went at full speed through tables and diners at the Oranje restaurant”
Maybe the good director of the zoo was misquoted. From the MadSci Network the answer to the question ‘Is it true that gorillas can’t swim?’:
So, my best guess for an answer to your question is that gorillas can swim, but they are not very good at it. Given the choice, they will go to great lengths to avoid putting themselves in a position where they would need to swim.
This weekend is 10th annual Tulip Festival and if you live around the area, look out the window right now. It looks like the rain will be around for the next couple of days too, so if you plan to visit one of the (outside) events, better take an extra raincoat.