Gorillas are highly social animals, and infants rely heavily on their mothers for protection, nourishment, and emotional support. When a mother ᴀʙᴀɴᴅᴏɴs her baby, it is often a sign that the infant is sɪᴄᴋ or ᴡᴇᴀᴋ and unlikely to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ independently. In these cases, zookeepers provide the specialized care that the baby needs.
That was the case recently after one Australian zookeeper stepped in to give a baby gorilla a chance of sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ after he was rejected by his mother. Baby gorilla Kaius was born at Mogo Wildlife Park in New South Wales last month, but the beautiful newborn’s life was almost cut short. It was the first birth of the zoo’s gorilla family. New mom Kipenzi reportedly “did a great job” with the delivery, and everything seemed to go smoothly.
But for reasons unknown, the baby’s father, Kisane, took Kaius away from his mother during a critical feeding period. While the dad was “very gentle and caring” with the newborn, removing the infant from his mother ᴇɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴇᴅ his ʟɪꜰᴇ.
Despite the challenges, zookeepers are dedicated to giving these infants the best possible chance at sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ. They work closely with veterinarians and other experts to provide round-the-clock care, including regular feedings, medical treatments, and socialization.
Thanks to the zookeepers’ dedication, Mapema could thrive and grow. Today, she is a healthy and active young gorilla and a beloved member of the zoo community.
Caring for sɪᴄᴋ baby gorillas is essential for the survival of individual animals and the conservation of the species as a whole. Gorillas face many wild ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛs, including habitat ʟᴏss, ᴘᴏᴀᴄʜɪɴɢ, and ᴅɪsᴇᴀsᴇ. By caring for ᴀʙᴀɴᴅᴏɴᴇᴅ infants and helping them grow into healthy adults, zookeepers play an essential role in preserving these majestic animals for future generations.
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