Rare twin gorillas are a surprise to zoo
Births stun keepers in Netherlands.
Keepers at the Burgers’ Zoo in the Netherlands knew their 20-year-old gorilla, N’Gayla, was pregnant. But when they arrived at her enclosure on Thursday, they found two surprises.
First, she had delivered much earlier than they had expected. And second, she’d had twins.
“I was watching N’Gayla lick her baby clean, and suddenly she grabbed something from within the straw bedding — another baby gorilla,” said keeper Wilco Limpers. “I really did not know what I saw. Gorilla twins are seen only once or twice every 10 years in European zoos.”
The babies’ dad, 23-year-old Bauwi, will play only a small role in their care. But N’Gayla, who has raised three offspring already, seems to know just what to do.
— See more photos at Zooborns
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Photo: Gorilla mom N'Gayla gave birth to twins at the Burgers' Zoo in the Netherlands last week. / Burgers' Zoo
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