Young women all over Japan are using the phrase Ikemen when talking about the ape at Higashiyama Zoo – a word usually reserved handsome young men.
Meet Shabani, the handsome gorilla who is so good-looking women from all over Japan are flocking to swoon in his presence.
The hairy heartthrob lives in Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya – and is definitely the ‘strong but silent’ type.
Weighing in at 180kg, women from the furthest reaches country can’t wait to see the muscular swinger in the flesh.
According to reports, there is a constant crowd of female fans outside his enclosure, desperate for a glimpse of the giant ape.
The 18-year-old silverback wows fans with brooding good looks and rippling muscles.
A western lowland gorilla, Shabani was raised at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo but moved to Japan in 2007.
The tall drink of water has not always been so popular, but a flurry of posts on social media of his dramatic poses and steely gaze propelled him to stradom.
Young women all over Japan are using the phrase イケメン (Ikemen) when talking about the ape.
It is a word usually reserved for speaking about handsome young men, but in this gorilla’s case they make an exception.
His popularity has even led Higashiyama Zoo to use Shabani as a poster boy for its latest advertising campaign.