Every mother on earth has performed this exact delicate caress of the impossibly tiny, impossibly soft ear of her newborn baby. It's an innate ritual of motherhood, right up there with counting fingers and toes and curling her thumb and forefinger around a tiny arm just to marvel at its smallness.
Following two miscarriages, Rebecca, a 29 year old western lowland gorilla who resides at the Frankfurt Zoo, gave birth on July 10th. Gender to be determined when Rebecca is good and ready to move the baby off her belly and not one minute before.
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