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Gorillas Pet Tourist In Uganda (VIDEO)

Gorillas Pet Tourist

First Posted: 12/22/11 11:41 AM ET Updated: 12/22/11 11:41 AM ET

An American tourist on a gorilla-watching tour in Uganda came a little closer to the gorillas than he expected.

The man, identified only as John, was pet and groomed by a group of wild mountain gorillas--including a mama and her babies--near Bwindi National Park.

In the video below, John sits cowering next to the gorillas and laughs as his "heart was racing."

Park rangers say interactions such as these are very rare, USA Today reports.

The video doesn't get good until the 2:50 mark, so fast forward to see the petting and laughter.

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