Thursday, November 8, 2012

On A Lighter Side

Here is an essay from William.  He had to do a research report on an animal from the Wild Animal Park.  If you enjoyed reading it, please leave a comment and let William know.  He will be reading and he loves encouraging words!
Thanks!


Gorillas are the largest of all primates.  They are as dark brown as gravy.  Gorillas are like humans in many 
ways.  They could hear, touch, smell, see, and taste. Gorillas also have the same fingerprints as humans do.

In the wild Gorillas could live up to 50 years.  There are only 2 kinds of gorillas left in the world because the others are extinct.  The 2 kinds of gorillas are the Western Gorilla and the Eastern Gorilla.  In captivity gorillas do what humans do, like if a human picks their nose gorillas will to.

Silver-back male gorillas often lead the troop.  A troop is a group of gorillas that live and travel together.  Foods that gorillas eat are baby insects which are called grubs.  They also eat leaves , bark, shoots, stems, roots, flowers, and some fruit.  Obviously, humans wouldn't  want to share a dinner with gorillas.

Have you ever wondered why gorillas pound there chests?  They do it for 2 different reasons.  They sometimes do it to show off their strength.  But they usually do it to avoid conflict with other gorillas.

In conclusion, gorillas are pretty cool animals.  While humans are usually less than 300 pounds, gorillas could be a little more than 500 pounds.

By : William Reed





36 comments:

  1. wow! Awesome, thanks for sharing. Great job on your paper!
    Denise

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  2. Dear William,

    Your research report was fantastic! I learnt many new things about gorillas!

    Thank you for sharing your report with us. I really enjoyed reading it and I think you did a fabulous job. You obviously put a lot of hard work into researching and writing it!

    I especially loved the funny comment about not wanting to share dinner with gorillas!

    Keep up the good work!

    Love from Maria in Australia

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  3. Interesting essay. I had no idea that gorillas had fingerprints. I'd share fruit with a gorilla, but not the grubs, for sure!

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  4. Very informative. I love the gorillas at the Cleveland zoo. They love to mimic those who watch through the windows. Sometime I think they are watching us as much as we are watching them!

    ~Janet

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  5. Hi William! Great essay! I didn't know that gorillas have fingerprints just like humans...so you taught me something! Keep up the good work!
    J.

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  6. What a good job! It was well written and interesting. I think gorillas are very interesting animals. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Wow, William, that report is so interesting! Well done! We have western lowland gorillas at Zoo Atlanta. I thought they were ALL silverbacks, even the females, but your report has helped me to see that I was mistaken. Always good to learn something new!
    Thanks!
    JEB

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  8. Great job, William!! Enjoyable to read, and informative - I learned a few things about gorillas that I had never known. Love the way this was written. :)

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  9. Cool essay, William! It's fun to learn more about Gorillas. I didn't know why they pounded their chests. That's so interesting. Thanks for the information. Keep up the studies, good job!!
    ~ PattiLynn in Tx.

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  10. Very good job William!

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  11. William, this was an excellent essay. You are a very good writer. I found the essay very informative. One thing that is hard for any writer to do is zero in on the little facts that will be of particular interest to your readers. In my book, you nailed it! I learn a lot that I didn't know before. Thanks so much for sharing this with us,
    Sara P. in St. Paul.

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  12. William, I am in college right now studying to be a primatologist! I agree, gorillas are pretty cool!

    Sarah

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  13. Very informative, William. Thanks for sharing it!

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  14. Thanks for this nice report. I sure learned things I didn't know about gorillas!

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  15. Way to go Mr.Reed
    I always wondered why they beat their chest,and now I know. Your educating people in the UK :)
    x x

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  16. Good job William! You're right, I would NOT want to share a dinner with a gorilla. Keep up the good work buddy!

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  17. Hey William, there were many things in your essay that I didn't know about gorillas ! Thanks for having let your Mom share it :)
    Bravo !!

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  18. Hi William,

    Thanks for sharing your report :)
    You remind me so much of my younger brother so I always love to see what you've been up to.

    I love how you mixed information and humour in your report - I always find it hard to pay attention if something isn't funny!

    (Consider me officially an un-lurker.)
    From Anna in New Zealand

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  19. William, your essay was fantastic! I laughed when I read that captive gorillas will pick their nose if they see a human pick their nose. That was funny! Your report was not only factual, but it was very interested! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Well done! Cool information, AND, your witty, fun character comes through. Great job!!

    S.

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  21. Very interesting - thank you for sharing with us!

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  22. Great job, William!

    You shared lots of great gorilla facts. I always visit the gorilla area at our local zoo - they can be very entertaining.

    Keep up the good work!

    Diane
    Wisconsin

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  23. Thanks for all those pleasing comments. I also seriously didn't know I was educating people in the UK.
    From William Reed

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  24. Thanks, William. I learned some things about gorillas I didn't know such as, why they pound their chests and that only two species of gorillas are not extinct. Also, I love dark brown gravy!

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  25. Great job, William! It was very interesting and well written. I would have chosen gorillas to write about, too. Did you see one picking his nose? And, isn't it fun to actually write about something interesting in a report? I was always given dull things to write about. Not fun at all!

    What grade did you get on it?

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  26. William -
    Your essay on gorillas is excellent! I can tell you worked hard and did lots of research. It is very informative and enjoyable to read.
    Thanks for sharing it!
    NancyB

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  27. Hi! I think that the report was wonderful.I read it to my children and we talked about the gorillas that are at the Erie Zoo. My children stated that many of the facts you used in your report they have heard about from the zookeepers at the zoo.Good job,Pat

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  28. William - great report on gorillas. It was informative, interesting, and made me want to read and learn more! Excellent writing! Keep up the good work!

    Cheryl in ID

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  29. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your essay, William!

    It is obvious that you did a lot of research on this subject. All of the facts you presented were very interesting to me, especially since I had not been aware of any of them. Your interjections of humor also contributed to the essay being fun to read.

    I hope that you will share more of your essays in the future.

    Ann

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  30. Great report! I read it to my kids and they loved it, there are lots of interesting facts about gorillas!
    Know that you are also educating people in Brazil!

    Cristiana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  31. William that's an amazing essay! That was very good writing! Keep it up

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  32. Hi William! Great job on your essay! You have now also taught people in Belgium about gorillas! Keep up the great work. Kind regards from Belgium.

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  33. William,

    I love your simile! Brown as gravy.

    I may not want to eat with them, but thinking about their color makes me want to make gravy for supper.

    Keep writing!

    Martita

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  34. William, great job. I didn't realize there were only two types of gorillas left in the world. I also didn't know why they beat their chests, thanks for all the hard work you did on researching your essay to help inform us :o)

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