Baby gorilla AfiaDownload
© Licensed to London News Pictures. 20/12/2016. Bristol, UK. ** EMABARGOED TILL 00.01am, WEDNESDAY 21 DECEMBER 2016 **. AFIA, a western lowland gorilla who is 10 months old with her surrogate mother gorilla Romina, now lives with the other gorillas at Bristol Zoo, after being born by caesarian section on 12 February this year. Keepers at Bristol Zoo have announced that their ëlittle miracleí Afia, the young Western lowland gorilla who has been hand-reared since birth, is now fully integrated with the gorilla troop. Itís been an eventful journey since the young primate was born 10 months ago by emergency caesarean section and fought for her life before being cared for by keepers to ensure her survival.
In that time keepers have given more than 1,570 bottle feeds, changed nearly 1,400 nappies, given 112 piggy back rides, and spent countless sleepless nights caring for her round-the-clock. Now, having reached a huge milestone, Afia is no longer being cared for by keepers but is spending 24-hours a day with her new gorilla family. She can often be seen exploring her new home on Gorilla Island, or clinging onto her new, surrogate mother gorilla, Romina. Photo credit : Simon Chapman/LNP
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