Aww!
Proud gorilla mom shows off newborn and then gives it a kiss
Eduardo Gaskell
08.05.22

Believe it or not, animals are way more similar to us humans than you think.

Sure, they have families too, they feed, and find shelter from the harsh elements, but more than all those survival traits, animals have feelings and they do express emotions.

Whichever side of the fence you’re sitting, there are countless videos to prove that fact.

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Check out this mother gorilla with her baby, who by the looks of it is interacting with guests.

Her visitors are well behaved, just watching her and marveling at her size and looks.

As if to show how much she appreciates them, the gorilla holds up her baby for them to see.

Her guests loved it!

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“Gorilla beringei beringei” can live up to 35 years weighing up to 500 pounds.

Habitat loss has always been a major threat hence why they are often kept in enclosures.

Agriculture, illegal mining, and forest destruction for charcoal production have degraded their habitats.

Then there is climate change which also poses a threat to gorillas.

They can adapt by moving to higher elevations but those areas are densely populated with little forest remaining.

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Interacting with humans seems cute but catching disease is also a real danger.

Those glass windows and steel cages are there for the protection of both the gorillas and human visitors.

And besides, they can still interact as seen in this video!

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The mother holds up her baby then cradles it before kissing her baby to the “Aww” of her visitors.

Moms everywhere know the feeling all too well.

Female gorillas will give birth to one infant after carrying for nearly nine months.

But the newborns are tiny at just four pounds, so they’ll only hold on to their mothers’ fur.

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The baby rides on their mother’s back from the age of four months all the way to the first two or three years of their lives.

Young gorillas from the ages of three to six years old will remind you of human children.

All they do is play, climb trees, chase each another, and even swing from branches.

Plus they don’t have gadgets. Beat that!

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Gorillas in captivity have displayed significant intelligence, able to learn simple human sign language to interact with guests.

So what this mother did is a way of showing them that she’s a proud mom, while also telling her human guests that she trusts them.

This viewer did wonder,

“I wonder if the kissing is something the gorilla learned/mimicked from being around humans, or if gorillas actually kiss in the wild.”

That’s a good question.

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This happened just recently in Calgary but this clip’s already gotten 1,637,835 views – and counting.

Which means people still really love animals. And why not since they are so pure?

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Gorillas, while imposing and strong, are often gentle and will interact given the circumstances.

This mother did just that, staying close to her guests while cradling and kissing her child.

Watch this proud gorilla mom and her new baby below!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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