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5 Trivia Bits About Baby Gorillas

May 4 2010 - 12:20pm

Peek-a-boo baby looks out from his mama's arms. To celebrate Kijivu's new addition — and upcoming Mother's Day [1] —, find five fascinating facts about Western Lowland Gorillas!

Baby Bundle of Joy

Baby gorillas are called infants, just like us! Even though adults weigh up to 400 pounds [2], newborns start out at around four pounds.

Along For the Ride

The infants cling and ride on their mothers' backs from the age of four months through the first two or three years of their lives. This lil one is only nine days old here so he has some time yet to get a grip.

Let's Chat

In the wild, Western Lowland Gorillas communicate with barks, hoots, and roars. In captivity, they've mastered simple sign language just like their chimpy cousins do!

Kids at Heart

Young gorillas actually behave much like children of the same age — from three to six, they spend the days running, playing, and climbing trees. Gorillas also enjoy swinging from branches which human mamas would probably discourage in their own kids.

Take Me to Your Leader

Western Lowland Gorillas live in small family groups (compared to other gorillas) of four to eight led by one dominant older male — he's called a Silverback because of the silver patch that shows his age [3] on otherwise jet black hair.

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