Thursday, July 25, 2013

How Baby Gorillas Sleep

Here's little Apollo, being cradled by Olympia as he slumbers. 

All the gorillas get tired after their two lunches. There's a feeding at 11:30 and another at 1:30. After the animals make their rounds and hunt up some carrots and peppers and whatever else they would like to eat, they tend to retreat to the window area and curl up for a rest. Olympia lay down for a length of time, and then sat up and continued to hold her sleeping son. At nearly a year old, the boys are still sleeping with their mothers, enjoying the warmth of their bodies and the comfort of their arms. They will keep this up for a few years to come. No wonder Apollo was bushed today.  It had been a morning full of climbing.  Apollo's not quite as adept as big brother Bomassa, but he is not far behind. Both boys were deftly climbing the big structure today for quite a long time. Pictures Monday!
Apollo Gorilla Sleeps at the North Carolina Zoo