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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Awe-Inspiring Gorilla Climbing Skills

Baby Like a Rocket

Apollo is not even two years old yet, but he shoots up the climbing tree in no time flat. Just a few months ago, he would proceed tentatively, but now he is sure of his every move and moves fast. Sometimes when I watch him climb, I just stand there and gasp.
This past Monday he used those capable hands and feet of his to get right up to the top in just a few minutes. He does not need any help at all from his mom, but sometimes, he does like to go and find Olympia,  and climb on her too.











Friday, April 11, 2014

Bomassa Enjoys the Day

The baby gorillas at the North Carolina Zoo are still doing great and they are such a joy to see.  Here's a look at Bomassa taking a break this past Wednesday on a beautiful day. Suddenly he stretches his torso up, throws back his head and gazes at the sky. He'd been munching all morning on a big head of lettuce, some half peppers, and a huge stalk of celery.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tickle, Tickle

Jamani appears to be tickling little Apollo. She hangs out and rests when she is not sleeping or roaming the area in her search for food. Her son Bomassa stays close by as he is still quite small. Usually at some point, Apollo will come over and horn in on that quiet time. His Auntie Jamani will tolerate a certain amount of the commotion he brings,  and then she will separate the two boys with her gargantuan hand.




Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bomassa Gets the Upper Hand

Watch out Baby Brother!

And now we see Bomassa towering over his baby brother and approaching, ready to bring down that arm of his and make a grab.


Apollo actually looks a little scared. This is quite a switch from what we normally see, as it's usually Apollo going after Bomassa. Look at that face! But the brothers are well matched. They'll get some nicks and scrapes, but neither is likely to hurt the other. Anyway, they are only playing.  Besides, in the next moment, Apollo has regained control of the situation, wrapping both his arms around Bomassa, who then breaks free and runs away. It does indeed look as though the younger brother is going to be the dominant male of the group as he gets older. These little guys are a scream!

It's been a long time since I got out to the zoo to see the boys. It's been a tough winter!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hanging out with Mother Gorilla

Here's a recent pic of Apollo Gorilla. He's still nursing, and on this day he was snuggling with his mom. Usually he is too busy running over to try to bother, tease, and bite on his big brother, but this day, he really just wanted to be with Olympia for a little while.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Seventeen Month Old Gorilla

Bomassa Gorilla was just about to turn seventeen months old when I visited a few weeks ago. I did not realize how incredibly big he had gotten, until I got home and took a good look at this photo where he is riding on his mother's back. Look at the size of his legs and hindquarters! He is developing some heft!  He was so much smaller just a short time ago. Of course in the early days, he was REALLY little compared to this. Take a look. Can you believe how much he has grown?

And here's a good look at his sweet face at the same age, just almost seventeen months old.  You can also catch a bit of a peek at his belly. See that bump there? He's got some extra fat on him!  Surprising, considering that he had only just attained a weight of twenty pounds.  For those keeping track at home, Bomassa's baby brother Apollo was twenty five  pounds at the same weigh session!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How to Carry Your Baby--Not!

Olympia is a good mom, 

but she seems a little clumsy when she puts little Apollo on her back. When I visited recently, Apollo was just about to turn sixteen months old, and was playing in his mom's lap. I don't see that happening a whole lot. Yes, he still nurses, but on this day, they were just enjoying each others' warmth, I believe, which is rare. It was sweet to see them cuddle for a bit. And then when Olympia was ready to move along, she tossed him up over her head so that she could walk away with him riding piggyback. He is adept at readjusting himself, and he righted himself in no time flat. But it's kind of funny to watch. Jamani, the mother of Apollo's big brother Bomassa, seems to be a little more graceful with this maneuver of placing the baby safely on the back. For that matter, so does Acacia, who has much less experience!

Not Olympia's finest moment

Apollo is really looking bigger these days