This is the moment an American animal lover – dubbed the ‘real-life Tarzan’ – beats a chimpanzee in a race on the monkey bars.
The race between Connor McCabe, the ‘real-life Tarzan’, and the chimpanzee was filmed at Myrtle Beach Safari in the US and posted on TikTok earlier this month.
In the footage, McCabe shows his remarkable ape-like skills, swinging from one monkey bar to another to overtake his chimp rival.
With a big grin on his face, McCabe – who appears like Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famous character Tarzan – beats the chimp to the other end of the course.
McCabe’s channel ‘Safarisiblings’ boasts 1.8 million followers and over 14 million ‘likes’ on TikTok. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach Safari’s Instagram account has over 511,000 followers, also featuring McCabe in many of them.
TikTok users had a lot to say about the cute clip, with netizen ‘Frequently_23’ commenting: “Well, that monkey wanted that banana.”
Other users pointed out how McCabe looks like Tarzan while the chimp appears like Curious George from the book and TV series.
Chimpanzees are considered the closest surviving relative to humans. They share 95 to 98 percent of the same DNA and around 6.3 million years ago were the last known fork in the hominoid line leading to modern humans.
But differing muscular construction means the ape species has about four times the strength of a comparatively sized human. Combined with their agility and speed, this superior muscular performance makes the chimpanzee a formidable athletic opponent.
Chimps also have a wide range of human-like emotions, with aggression and competitiveness high among them.
The Myrtle Beach Safari is a private reserve in South Carolina, USA that houses tigers, lions and cheetahs as well as a range of great apes including orangutans, gibbons, gorillas and chimpanzees.
The reserve funds wildlife conservation projects through a non-profit organisation called the Rare Species Fund.
It was founded by the controversial Mahamayavi Bhagavan Antle, known as Doc Antle, who founded the tourist attraction in 1982.