These adorable pictures of a mother gorilla cradling her newborn baby in Bristol Zoo are going viral. The baby gorilla was born on August 19, while the tender moments between the baby and its mother were captured on camera by a zoo photographer when the bundle of joy was less than two weeks old.

The newborn, who is yet unnamed, is seen gazing up at mother with love and also trying to snatch some snacks from her. But 9-year-old Kala is able to convince the newborn that her milk is a more suitable choice.

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This baby momma welcomed her baby back in August

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“Nine-year-old Kala gave birth naturally, overnight to the infant with dad, Jock, just a few meters away and the rest of the family troop nearby,” Bristol Zoo shared back in August.

“We are all thrilled,” Lynsey Bugg, Curator of Mammals at Bristol Zoo, said about the arrival of the baby. “There is something very special about seeing a new-born baby gorilla, they are such an iconic and charismatic species.”

The gorilla named Kala and her newborn live at the Bristol Zoo

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Apparently, Kala is a very gentle and caring mother

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According to Lynsey, both Kala (who came to the zoo from Germany back in 2018) and her newborn are doing well. “She is being very attentive and taking good care of her baby,” she shared. “It’s very early days but we are cautiously optimistic. The early signs are good and the baby looks to be a good size and is strong.”

“She is being very attentive and taking good care of her baby”

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Sadly, she lost her firstborn last year

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Sadly, Kala’s first baby, who was born last September, died when it was younger than just one week old. The mother gorilla went through an emergency cesarean section, as she had a low-lying placenta that blocked the birth canal, thus preventing the baby from being born naturally.

While the zookeepers and vets closed the zoo’s Gorilla House to give the mother and her baby some needed time and space to bond, the baby failed to thrive.

She underwent an emergency cesarean section; however, the baby died a few hours later

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Luckily, this pregnancy was a happy one and the mother and her baby are thriving

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Luckily, Kala’s recent pregnancy was a happy one, and the pair are clearly enjoying their moments together.

“The new gorilla joins our troop of six gorillas, which are part of a breeding programme to help safeguard the future of western lowland gorillas,” Bristol Zoo explained in a press release.

The pair are seemingly bonding

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And momma gorilla never leaves her baby’s side

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Western lowland gorillas are now critically endangered. They originate from Cameroon, in the region of West Central Africa. In the wild, many gorillas are shot by hunters who are participating in the bushmeat trade.

Unfortunately, Kala belongs to one of the most critically endangered species

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