For the first time in decades, there are baby gorillas at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. Follow their progress here as they grow, through the work of Chapel Hill Photographer Windy Sawczyn
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Getting Baby Ready to Nurse
Gorilla Mom Jamani is forever twisting herself to grab hold of her boy Bomassa and reposition him. It is just astounding that such a small baby is able to grab on to the fur of a moving mom and trust his own strength and agility in order to stay put while she is roaming around on all fours, or while she rights herself to stand up tall. The boys Apollo and Bomassa have been experts at this clinging since very soon after birth. In this photo, Jamani is reaching for Bomassa in order to carry him in her arms, presumably so that he can help himself to a nice warm meal of milk.