A western lowland gorilla from Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, is becoming a celebrity, thanks to Twitter.

Dubbed an ikemen (colloquial phrase for "hot guy") due to his well-defined facial features, 18-year-old Shabani has attracted throngs of visitors to the gorilla habitat on weekends.

"He's got the attitude down pat," one visitor said, while another commented that "he looks better in real life than in the photos."