Mourning Gorilla


On August 20, 2008, Gana, the mother gorilla in her home in Muenster, Germany is downtrodden with the death of her newborn.

The loss is as heavy as the subdued emotion she displays in her sullen face. Her baby, compressed, dehydrated, and unresponsive four days after it died, rests precariously on her back before she comes to terms with the unspeakable loss.

Disconsolate and grieving, she silently caresses a baby gorilla, a live one born to Changa, another primate in the zoo. (PhotoCredit: AP/Augstein, F)


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