Saturday, July the 13th, was a brilliant summer’s day in the Northeast, and our family needed no prodding to savor Nature in the not-so-wild-but-welcoming Franklin Park Zoo in Boston.
Of moment was the celebration of a new-born baby gorilla christened earlier in the week with the name Azizi, which is Arabic for beloved, dear, darling and/or precious – take your pick. Mother Kiki, seen above, lumbered about in the vast natural looking enclosure with her precious cargo carried undertow. She was soon overtaken by her fierce-looking mate, Kitombe, who strode proudly past us showing off his brawn and muscle:
Not to be outdone in the genealogical department, the Zoo officials had created a family tree of our gorilla pair that would now have to be updated to show the latest progeny.
Meanwhile, here is where matters stood prior to Azizi’s birthday: you’ll note that both its parents are American-born – he in New Orleans, she in the Bronx.
Kiki nursing Azizi
The video above would have clearly captured mother and infant except for the fact that the two drew a mini-mob of their close human relatives, who on bended knee oohed and aahed with delight at the couple’s proximity. Ah well – pretend that you were there as well!
All awhile, Papa Kitombe looked on amidst consuming large quantities of greens off twigs and branches in his spacious den as seen below. Are you kids out there listening, when your parents ask you to eat your veggies?!
Kitombe enjoying his Veggies
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