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    This is one young gorilla who clearly has dreams of being just like her dad - all 28 stone of him.
    Baby Alice was caught on camera beating her chest at Miami Zoo, as her proud mother and father looked on.
    But disappointingly for her, the effect was merely adorable - rather than the more intimidating result when her silverback father J.J does the same.

    Gorillas with misty eyes: Father JJ, left and mother Frederika look on with pride as their daughter Alice beats her chest

    The moment - which will be recognised by people with children the world over - was caught on camera by Ron Magill at Zoo Miami.
    Naturalist and photographer Mr Magill, 51, said Alice was always trying to copy her much bigger dad.
    He said: 'Alice really does have it easy, she's the only youngster in the group and daughter to J.J. and her mum Fredrika.

    Walking tall: Alice is the only child in the group of Gorillas at Miami Zoo, which also includes her grandparents

    'She really is a daddy's girl and despite being so small she is allowed to get away with anything, J.J. even lets her take his food.
    'I think this picture is about her showing her dad she can be just like him, she's copying what she has seen him doing.
    'Gorilla youngsters learn in a very similar way to human children by repeating behaviour they see the older individuals doing.

    I've got my eye on you kiddo: Alice chews on some straw under her parent's stern gaze

    Hitching a ride: Alice rides on her father's back. Photographer Mr Macgill says he is so besotted with her that he lets his daughter take his food.

    Mr Magill, who has filmed animals all over the world, said capturing the gorillas on camera presented it's own unique challenges.
    He said: 'Photographing a moment like this is difficult because of the colouring of the gorillas, you have to get just the right light otherwise they just like a ball of dark fur.
    'Alice is a little older now but she is still the king of the jungle as far as she is concerned, she's a real character.'

    Read more: I wanna be like yoo-hoo-hoo: Meet the baby gorilla who can't wait to grow up like dad | Mail Online

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    Amazing just how much they are like us.
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    She is so cute!
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    Awesome!
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    So freakin' cute. They are beautiful creatures.

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    She's about the size of her daddy's head! Adorable.
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    So beautiful!

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    Gorilla my dreams!
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    So cute!! I just love it!!

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    SOOO stinkin' cute!
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    Adorable!

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    OMG my heart just grew two sizes! Adorable.
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