We all know how humanity reacts to a 5.8 magnitude earthquake—the avalanche of sarcastic tweets and political gamesmanship was widely documented on Tuesday. But how about the animal kingdom? Thanks to the zookeepers at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, DC, a detailed account of how the zoo's flamingos, snakes, lions, beavers and pandas reacted to the 10-15 second tremors has been recorded. Here's your animal kingdom earthquake breakdown:
Great apes According to zoo officials, the apes were feeding when the earthquake struck. The zoo's orangutan is pictured to the left. "About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit. About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well. Iris (an orangutan) began 'belch vocalizing'—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake."