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What do we like best about male models? Is it the chiseled facial features? Or is it the stoic and strong look of someone who can shield us when things go wrong? Maybe it’s the kind and soulful eyes that tell you there is more to the model then just good looks.

Whatever reason you can come up with, we’ve found a new model that has all of these in spades. Beauty comes in many different packages and today that package is a gorilla! Take a look at the “strong but silent” model who is making waves in the animal kingdom and the Internet.

This tall drink of water comes courtesy of Twitter where his rugged good looks have been breaking all the human standards of handsomeness. Just look at his piercing gaze and stoic face.

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This brooding figure that has captured hearts all over Japan is Shabani, a Western Lowland Gorilla living at the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya. His piercing gaze has been noticed by fans who are calling him ikemen, or an extremely good-looking guy.


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▼ How is that for some “blue steel”


Shabani has been living at Higashiyama since 2007, but only now is his popularity noticeably making a difference. Many zoo officials have commented that Shabani has increased the number of young women visiting the zoo.

▼ His chiseled face brings all the young ladies to the yard, uh, we mean zoo.

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All the comments for this handsome gorilla have been overflowing with love and admiration.

“Shabani, the gorilla at the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, seems really popular! He must be an ikemen.”
“Look at Shabani’s flirtatious glances!!!”
“He’s too good-looking!”
“This era isn’t just for Johnny’s! It’s for sexy gorilla Shabani!”
“Rock and Roll Shabani!”

People can’t get enough of this hunky gorilla, so if you want to see Shabani yourself, you’ll have to get down to the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but these good looks are never going out of style.

Zoo info

Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens / 東山動植物園
3-70, Higashiyama-motomachi, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-0804
Open Tuesday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Source: Hachima Kikou
Images: Twitter/@utamarukousa and @a7r3_tm