Monday, March 11, 2013

Baby Gorilla Learning

As the great Yogi Berra once said, You can observe a lot just by watching. That's how we learn as children, and gorilla babies do the same. Bomassa spends his days hanging out right by his mom and watching her closely. He looks to her to find out what to eat and how to do it.  He also learns what is acceptable behavior. 

Yes, gorillas have a social code just as we do. Bomassa is learning all about when to use certain facial expressions, how to gesture with his hands and even when and how to give signals with his eyes. And he's definitely learning about when it's okay to huddle up next to another gorilla.  He may look like he's  just sitting there being cute, but no, his mind is going a mile a minute as he processes how to grow into a capable adult gorilla.