Like human babies, baby gorillas are also referred to as infants.
And like human babies, they run to their momma when they are scared or confused.
But unlike human babies, gorilla infants are born much smaller than a human child.
About two times smaller.
Gorilla babies typically weigh between 3 to 4 pounds when they are born.
They are also born covered with brownish hairs.
The only place that isn’t covered with this brownish hair is their palms, face, armpits, and the soles of their feet.
Baby gorillas and their mothers have extremely close relationships, just like humans babies and their mothers.
Female gorillas start breeding at age 12 and typically give birth to about three infants in their lifetime.
Another thing that humans and gorillas have in common is that female gorillas also carry their babies for eight to nine months before they give birth.
Baby gorillas nurse with their mothers until they are about 2.5 years.
They sit upright at 3 months and start crawling by 6 months.
A baby gorilla’s mother is crucial to their survival.
Infants will stay close to their mothers for the first five months and suckle at least once per hour.
They also sleep with their moms. After that, they do break contact with their moms but only for a brief while.
After a year, they’ll move up to 16 feet away from their moms.
This space increases between the age 18 to 21 months.
Only half of a baby’s time is spent with their moms by the age of 30 months.
They are considered to be juveniles between 3 and 6 years of age when they are weaned and sleep in a separate nest from their mothers.
But before that, they are mommas girls and boys.
You can see just how close a baby and mother are in this video of a frightened baby gorilla. This poor little guy is scared of the snow.
As the snow starts falling in big clumps, the baby gorilla looks up at the sky with its big adorable eyes.
It looks a little concerned and decides that he needs to take cover.
So, he walks around to the front of his mom and grabs on to her.
He climbs up his big mom and swings around her arm straddling it tight.
This little cutie just clutches on to his momma holding her tight.
In typical mom fashion, this gorilla mom continues doing what she was doing, which was eating, with her baby now attached to her.
The little baby gorilla suspiciously looks at all the snow falling in awe from the safety of his mother’s arms.
And this little baby isn’t letting go of his momma. As long as that snow is falling, he’s staying exactly where he is.
In fact, he hugs in a little tighter to his momma.
In turn, she holds him a little closer… and goes on eating.
And it is the most precious thing. Watch it go down in the video below.
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ADORABLE! This baby gorilla needed mom's protection from the scary white stuff falling from the sky. 🦍❄️
Posted by Matt Devitt WINK Weather on Sunday, February 16, 2020