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National Zoo baby gorilla rides on mother's back | by Smithsonian's National Zoo
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National Zoo baby gorilla rides on mother's back

The National Zoo's baby gorilla quickly growing and changing. She now has noticeably more hair, is getting stronger by the day, and has been increasingly alert and interested in her surroundings.


Mandara has been carrying the baby on her back more frequently when she walks for more than a few steps. Great Ape keepers note that it has been very interesting, and at times entertaining, to watch the other gorillas’ reactions to this new development. While the new vantage point allows the baby a better look at her environment, it also allows her family members a better view of her.


For more information about the baby and the Zoo's gorilla family, visit our Primate page

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Taken on February 27, 2009