Recently, a miraculous lens captured a gorilla mother and her baby starring in one of the most beautiful scenes ever seen. The series of photos and videos shows them huddled. The mother kisses and cradles her child with so much love, that the publication went viral in a few minutes.
There is no love more wonderful than that of a mother.
The devoted mother, named Calaya, gave birth at the age of 15, a moment that did not go unnoticed. It was captured in images by members of the Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, located in Washington, DC., United States, where the birth occurred.
Just a few days ago, Calaya brought Moke, her first creature, into the world. It was the first birth to take place at the animal sanctuary in nine years.
Due to the amazing and unusual event, the staff set out to record the tender moment for posterity. Subsequently, they shared the miracle of life on the zoo’s website, as well as on their respective digital platform accounts.
“We are delighted to share the western lowland gorilla. Calaya gave birth to a male at 6:25 p.m. 4/15. His name, Moke, means ‘junior’ or ‘little’ in the Lingala language. Guardians report that Calaya has been caring for her baby and are optimistic that it will thrive, ”wrote a spokesperson.
For his part, Moke’s proud father is 26 years old and was baptized with the name Baraka. She accompanies her family, but the one who is really loving and dedicated is her mother.
Calaya holds her beloved son in her arms and rocks him, looking at him tenderly.
Moments later, she is seen wrapping her little one in a web of soft kisses and cuddles. She admires him in amazement, as if she cannot believe so much happiness lavished on such a small, defenseless and fragile being. Before putting him to bed, he hugs him and then goes to rest inside the enclosure.
According to sources close to the Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, the staff was very happy with the event. They are very excited for the happy moment, not only for Calaya and Baraka, but for everyone at the institution.
“The birth of this western lowland gorilla is very special and meaningful, not only for our Zoo family, but also for this critically endangered species in general,” said Meredith Bastian, a primate keeper, in a statement.
According to Meredith Bastian, gorilla specialist, the main objective of the team was to prepare Calaya as well as possible so that she could give birth successfully. All this, taking into account that it is a new mother.
It was not an easy process. It required great patience and dedication from all members of the animal shelter. However, it could be achieved in the best way and today they are very proud of the results. One more new member of the great Smithsonian National Zoo Institute family has arrived.
For her part, Melba Brown, also a volunteer and wildlife keeper, assured that the local authorities are fully sure that Calaya will be an excellent mother. However, you will have all the medical and psychological support you need. * –
Regardless of the species, the arrival of a baby is something that excites us, gives us hope for the future, soothes our souls and makes us proud. The perseverance and dedication of these fighting people in favor of animal welfare paid off.
Now it remains to see how the proud new gorilla mom adapts to her environment. As they assure in the shelter, within the group of primates there are individuals with diverse personalities. However, we agree with Meredith and Melba: they will all work very well as before.