Michael Bublé’s Christmas Album Is A Hit Among Australian Gorillas (VIDEO)
One of the staple albums during the holiday season isn't only enjoyed by humans cuddling around the fireplace and sipping hot chocolate. Apparently, some gorillas get a kick out of his suave voice and soothing tunes because Michael Bublé's Christmas album is played to primates in an Australian zoo. He even gave them a live concert when he visited this week!
According to an Instagram post from Zoos Victoria, the Canadian singer "performed an intimate concert to some of his biggest fans – three 200-kilogram silverback Western Lowland Gorillas."
The gorillas, named Ganyeka, Yakini, and Motaba, are housed at Werribee Open Range Zoo and actually "enjoy the carols all year round!"
In the video, Bublé sings renditions of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas".
The moment he started singing the first song, he immediately caught the attention of one gorilla who stopped and turned around to look at him.
He changed the lyrics to, "You better watch out, you better not cry. You better not pout, I'm telling you why. Michael Bublé's coming to your town." Then comically sang "stop eating that stuff" as he saw a gorilla lick an unknown substance off a tree.
Zoos Victoria shared an extended video on their Youtube account that you can watch below.
As for the second song, Bublé sang, "I'll be home for summer, you can plan on me. Please have sun and ape-y fun and presents, lots of presents, under the tree."
Speaking to the camera, the singer said, "Apparently when they go to bed at night, sometimes they play them my Christmas music. So I was singing to them and I had no idea what would happen and it was amazing."
The video also featured Gorilla Keeper Ben Gulli who said, "When we play Michael Bublé’s CDs, the boys will instantly start pleasure grumbling and sit nice and calm and relaxed."
Gulli continued, "Our theory is it's the beautiful low tones that he sings with, kind of mimics their pleasure grumble and they've even been shown to hum little food songs when they eat, and we think he must really resonate with that sound.”
According to the Zoos Victoria website, the Werribee Open Range Zoo features other animals, including the African lion, hippopotamus, cheetah, meerkat, and tons more.
Bublé is currently on the world tour An Evening with Michael Bublé, that's racked up over $1.2 million per show.
His website notes that he has two upcoming shows in Perth, Australia on February 21 and 22 that will end the Oceania leg of his tour.