Gorilla Holds Her Dead Baby For A Week And Still Tries To Wakes Him Up !

By Editorial Staff in Nature On 20th September 2015

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Dian, a western lowland female gorilla at the Frankfurt Zoo in Germany, is devotedly carrying her newly born twin babies around in her enclosure.

However, one of the infants is dead.

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Dian gave birth on September 15 without any complications. But immediately thereafter, one of the newborns began to rapidly decline.

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The baby died on 15th Sep at Frankfurt zoo..

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Gorilla in pain of her dead baby.

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Heart broken mother cradles dead baby as she walks up to camera.

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Another gorilla holding the dead baby in pain.

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Niekisch explains that the zoo is allowing Dian, aged 26, to carry the dead infant around with her rather than force her to give officials the baby.

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By looking at this case Niekisch said "We are letting nature take its course"

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"The mother-infant bond in primate species is quite strong, and it is not uncommon for a mother to carry a deceased infant for hours or even days,"

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This is the second gorilla mother at the Frankfurt Zoo who has noticeably carried around her deceased infant.

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Gorilla mother holding her dead baby for 2 days.

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Gorilla mother sitting at the corner of the zoo with her babies.

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It is a heartrending scene for the zoo visitors.