It's a real pleasure to go to work each morning and see images like this. Kahilli, one of our female Western Lowland gorillas, surprised her keepers by having given birth early yesterday morning..........they didn't think she was due until November!
Kahilli is a very caring Mum as can be seen in this video
|Kahilli & baby|
Yesterday also happened to be 1st time dad, Badongo's 13th birthday!
Last summer I was very privileged to have accompanied a gorilla transfer as a French interpreter when we transported our former silverback Ya Kwanza (who wasn't too interested in breeding) to a new gorilla bachelor group & brought a young bouncy Badongo back to Jersey, see the transfer video here
|New dad Badongo|
|Kahilli & Kishka on the right|
Kishka our eldest female is staying very close to Kahilli & the baby. You can often catch her trying to get a good look at the newborn.
She's even made it into the UK National headlines here
Congratulations Kahilli, we are all very proud of her at Durrell.
(Can you tell I have a little weakness for Gorillas? lol)