- The gorilla was snapped flossing at Bristol Zoo by photographer Miriam Haas
- The western lowland gorilla called Kera brandished her teeth as she flossed
- Ms Haas said the thought of flossing with dental floss left her ‘wincing’
A health-conscious gorilla has gone to great lengths to keep her gnashers in good nick – using a branch as dental floss.
The ingenious animal was snapped demonstrating her creative zoo life hack by photographer, Miriam Haas.
The 55-year-old from Devon was visiting Bristol Zoo when she spotted the Western Lowland Gorilla, called Kera, using a bramble branch to clean her teeth.
She said: ‘She just started running it through her teeth.
‘Part of me was laughing at what she was doing but part of me was wincing at the thought of using brambles as dental floss.’
Western lowland gorillas are from a critically endangered species found in central Africa and Angola.
It is the only type of gorilla kept in zoos with the Amahoro, a female Eastern lowland gorilla at Antwerp Zoo and a few Mountain gorillas kept captive in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Kera, a 13 year old Western Lowland Gorilla, pictured flossing her teeth at Bristol Zoo
The ingenious animal was snapped demonstrating her creative zoo life hack by photographer, Miriam Haas
Western lowland gorillas are from a critically endangered species found in central Africa and Angola