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Gorilla takes her baby to meet a mother and her newborn on the other side of the glass

This charming gorilla takes her baby to meet a woman’s newborn through the glass of her display area.


For a few minutes, Emmelina and Kiki sat next to their babies inches apart, separated by the glass. They both understood each other as mothers, and it really was a unique and emotional little moment.

Michael added:

“[Kiki] was talking to us with her hands. Pablo even pushed his face to the glass at one point and they saw him, nose touching, together. My wife and I had tears in our eyes.

Apparently this isn’t the first time the sweet gorilla has shown an interest in other people’s babies. According to John Linehan, president and CEO of Zoo New England, which manages and operates the Franklin Park Zoo, in an interview with Today said:

“We always joke that if a baby falls into our exhibit, Kiki will not return it to her. She is so motherly.

According to the zoo director, when Kiki was pregnant, she was diagnosed with placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta covers the cervix. Due to these complications the gorilla had to give birth by cesarean section.

John says:

“We had to separate them for a couple of days while Kiki recovered. That is always a bit stressful. But Kiki picked up right where she left off and immediately started breastfeeding again. It was quite incredible.

This gorilla is a very sweet girl, and without a doubt she is hopelessly attracted to babies and she made it very clear when she couldn’t help but get close to meet little Canyon and his mother, and surely for the Austin family it was one of the most amazing experiences that they can remember.