August 17, 2015
Gorilla Toddler Time
- as seen by -Gail Rogers
Since retiring, I have visited the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo almost every Monday. My first stop is always the Congo Gorilla Forest. I enjoy watching the western lowland gorillas, especially when they first come out and are most active.
On this particular Monday in June, gorilla mothers Julia and Tutti were letting their babies play together. The juvenile gorillas were very lively and chased each other around.
As this was going on, gorilla mother Kumi’s little boy was watching his older siblings and seemed to want to be part of the action. Several times, he went over to his half brother and sister to join in, but his mother kept pulling him back to her. He finally got into the mix.
I snapped several photos of the three juvenile gorillas playing together, but this picture showed the pure joy in the younger baby’s face as he played with his sibling who looked back lovingly.
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