Me at the zoo is the first-ever YouTube video, uploaded by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim on Saturday, April 23, 2005, at 8:27 P.M. The video was filmed by YouTuber Yakov Lapitsky in front of an elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo.

The video's comment section receives numerous comments every minute, with users botting and spamming comments to ask for subscribers.


When the annotation feature was added in 2008, Karim posted an annotation reading can you hear the goat? MEEEEEEEEEEEH!! to the video.

In September 2019, the video was speculated to be hacked by a user called "kthxbai", leaving a message saying sub2sub kthxbai -- fast and loyal if not i get a subs back i will unsubs your cahnnel. The original description was restored shortly after. This topic was covered by JT.


(At the elephant section at the San Diego Zoo)

  • Jawed Karim: [1]Alright, so here we are at the uh... elephants. (turns around and looks at the elephants behind him) Cool thing about these guys is that these guys is that, is that they have really, really, really long um...trunks...and that's — that's cool. [an annotation appears onscreen[2]] (turns around and looks at the elephants again) And that's pretty much all there is to say.


The video has received mixed responses from YouTubers and users alike. Positive responses have been given for the video's importance in YouTube's history. Negative responses have been given for the video's low production quality, expecting better content. It's comment section is also notorious for being filled with Sub2Sub comments. On September 24, 2020 it became the first ever YouTube video to hit 10 million comments.


  1. Annotation 1: This clip had never been publicly been shown before --- until, of course, it was publicly shown.
  2. Annotation 2: can you hear the goat? MEEEEEEEEEEEH!!

YouTube Firsts For Me at the zoo

  • First Video
  • First Video to Hit 10 Million Comments
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