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Rare twin gorillas are a surprise to zoo

Births stun keepers in Netherlands.

By Vetstreet Jun 17, 2013 2:37PM

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.

Photo: Gorilla mom N'Gayla gave birth to twins at the Burgers' Zoo in The Netherlands last week. / Burgers' ZooFirst, 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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Jun 18, 2013 8:01PM
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The babies father will spend most of the time, as the baby grows up, in prison.
Jun 18, 2013 7:43PM
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This report seems to have been written by a six year old!  Unless, the Gorillas have some pretty good parental laws, we have not known about or considered.  Nevertheless, the picture creates an interesting scene and rather thought provoking.  
Jun 18, 2013 7:29PM
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That gorilla mom is wiser and kinder than a good many of the racist, bigoted posters on this discussion line.  THEIR mothers musta dropped them on their heads when they were born (or WISHED they had!).  What a sweet picture of that mother and her precious babies!
Jun 18, 2013 7:05PM
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Well you knew it had to happen.... Closet racist hiding behind the anonymity of these threads had to come out and make these horrible comments.  Never mind the actual statistics show more whites incarcerated and on public assistance.  I pray we get past this ignorance one day.  In the meantime, we have to tolerate these idiots.
Jun 18, 2013 6:55PM
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Someone should give her Kim Kartrashian's baby, the gorilla would be a better mother....
Jun 18, 2013 6:46PM
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Lets just hope they turn out a bit smarter than their older brother, LIL Wayne!
Jun 18, 2013 6:26PM
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Awww, what a good mama!!! Too bad they are living in zoo though. It is because of humans that they sometimes need to and that is shameful!!
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