Wed, 08 Sep 2010 3:21p.m.
Rather than have people marvel at his size, or even his origin, Nik the gorilla is gaining notoriety for his hidden talent – his pottery painting skills.
"It's one of a kind, there will be no others that look exactly the same, it can't be duplicated," explains Kerry Sparks, External Affairs Manager of the NC Zoo Society.
The North Carolina Zoo Society has raised funds with animal art for almost 10 years. Zookeepers suggested that Nik would be perfect to paint.
While he needed help holding the brush, and had to occasionally be held back from eating the paint, the design work is all his and it is earning him rave reviews from zoo visitors.