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An unlucky woman became a meme when a zoo chimpanzee 'got Grandma' with its own poop


UPDATE April 4, 5:41 a.m. EST:

John Ball Zoo responded to its newfound fame in a Facebook post Monday, clarifying that the woman recording the video was not a zoo employee but a guest.

The zoo said the chimpanzee likes to interact with people. When people laugh or yell in response to its behavior, that encourages it further,  which led to Sunday's poop-throwing incident. 

The zoo also said it would install new barriers to protect guests from airborne feces and "similar situation[s]."

It's not exactly a secret: Apes throw their own poop around. But nobody ever thinks they'll be a target.

But one unsuspecting woman found herself in that unlucky position Sunday. Erin Vargo, an intern working at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan, captured a woman getting hit by one chimpanzee's poo-fling. 

In the last few seconds of the video, the poop can be seen hanging off her nose, and a child shouts delightedly, "It got Grandma!"

The ape's accuracy is impeccable.

Since it's baseball's Opening Day, sports deals were on many observers' minds.

The unfortunate woman quickly became part of the Internet's new favorite video.

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