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    Default Newborn joy for Gana the gorilla after baby tragedy

    With fierce pride Gana the gorilla gently cradles her tiny baby. Her powerful forearm presses the wrinkly, virtually hairless child to her chest.
    Her visible joy is in marked contrast to the grief she demonstrated last year on losing her baby Claudio.
    Last August, she could be seen clinging to the child's lifeless body at Germany's Munster Zoo, cradling him and holding the body in the air as she tried to revive him.

    Mother's love: Gana the gorilla cradles her newborn child at Munster Zoo in Germany

    In some of the most moving pictures ever taken of animals in captivity, Gana was seen fiercely guarding the body of three-month-old Claudio as she apparently refused to believe he was dead.
    Initially puzzled, Gana stared at the body, bewildered by its lifelessness. For hours the distraught mother gently shook and stroked the child, vainly seeking to restore movement to his lolling head and limp arms.
    Visitors to the zoo openly wept as they witnessed her actions. And she refused to let keepers near his body for days after he died in her arms from a heart defect.
    In the wild, gorillas can hold the body of a dead baby for up to three weeks.

    Give me a lift: Gana carries her tiny newborn on her back, as the hairless baby clings on tightly

    But as of last month Gana, aged 12, is a mother again and has been happily cradling her newborn, whose sex is unknown, and giving it rides on her back.
    Gorillas usually have a strong attachment to their own kind and mourn the death of loved ones.
    They care for the dead and show grief, even keeping the body close until it begins decomposing.
    They have also been known to 'bury' their dead, by covering the body with leaves. Most mammals show only a basic interest in the bodies of their dead.
    The death of Claudio was the second tragedy to affect Gana who a year before had rejected her daughter, Mary Zwo, for unknown reasons. The baby gorilla was removed and taken to another zoo.

    Grief: She holds up the body of her dead child Claudio, aged three months, after he died of a heart defect

    After the heartbreak of a baby dying in her arms, Gana the gorilla cradles her newborn | Mail Online

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    the pic with the dead baby is truly disturbing. i shuddered.
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    and the dead baby pic is so sad.
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    What moving pictures. One makes me so happy and the other brings tears to my eyes...

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