Acacia Returns Strong and Healthybut not without considerable fanfare. What follows is a pictorial account of the roughest day I have ever observed at the gorilla home at the North Carolina Zoo. Recall that Acacia had a difficult labor Saturday July 6, with a caesarian section performed Sunday July 7. This resulted in the live birth of a beautiful baby boy gorilla, who unfortunately died two days later. Afterwards, Acacia had a period of confinement, in order to give her time to heal. This is the story of Acacia rejoining the troop.
|Acacia returned Monday July 15, looking healthy after her surgery of a week earlier|
|Olympia, dominant female in the troop, wasn't taking any chances. Apparently she was determined to make sure that Acacia remembered who's in charge. Here she is, grabbing Acacia's head|
|GO ACACIA! She bares those teeth and starts running, and Olympia is off like a shot, baby Apollo clinging with all his might|
|N'kosi, left gets involved now, but Acacia, right, is unwilling to leave her defense up to him or to anyone. Smart girl, she continues to defend herself with a show of her teeth.|
|N'kosi grabs Olympia. He's fine with her fighting for top position over the other ladies, but he will not tolerate Olympia going too far. One of his most important jobs is to keep the peace within his troop, and he's an expert|
Acacia is out of sight now. She has found a private little corner and is keeping to herself. She had been the dominant female years ago, when it was just Acacia and Jamani and N'kosi living together. But when Olympia arrived from Atlanta, Acacia was immediately demoted. And then, after her difficult labor and her surgery, and during her healing period, Acacia was apart from the troop and presented no threat to Olympia for an entire week. Olympia was clearly very nervous upon Acacia's return. Today Acacia has lost the perceived challenge, and Olympia has reasserted her position.