Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Pictures: Gorilla Mother Mourns Dead Baby

In a recent National Geographic article, the pictures of a Mountain Gorilla mother with her dead baby are quite heartbreaking.
Last month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park, ranger Innocent Mburanumwe captured pictures of the first-time mother, Ruzuzi, appearing to grieve over her less-than-two-week-old baby. Ruzuzi kept the body with her for more than a week, according to Mburanumwe.

Gorillas have long been known to exhibit care for the dead. Mburanumwe, for instance, has seen behavior similar to that of Ruzuzi's on at least three occasions.

The Comments of the article also make quite interesting reading as they debate National Geographic's choice to put "Mourn" in double-quotes. What are your thoughts on it?

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