Sunday, December 22, 2013

How Long Do Baby Gorillas Nurse?

Baby gorillas need their moms for quite a long while. 

At the North Carolina Zoo, Apollo and Bomassa were both nursing when I visited recently. Nursing seems to be particularly comforting to them on a chilly rainy day, and they will most likely continue to nurse until they are a good two years of age. They may not give it up until they get close to three years old.
Bomassa takes a nice long drink at the age of 16 months
Jamani looks around as her son snuggles close