Thursday, December 6, 2012

Apollo, Youngest Gorilla at the North Carolina Zoo

In November, when this picture was taken,  Apollo was about two and a half months old.  Most of the time on that day, he was firmly attached to his mother Olympia. Gorilla moms hold their babies much of the time, but when they need a break or when it is time to move to the next feeding spot, they will gingerly lift the baby overhead and let the baby settle in to a comfortable spot where they can hang on to mom's fur using all four paws. On this day, Olympia was happy to have Apollo on the ground right next to her lap, where he lay unattached for a few minutes at a time. He's not ready to sit yet, but that will come soon enough and you'll be the first to know about it when it happens!