The ZSL London Zoo family grew by one last November when little Gernot the Gorilla was born. The adorable baby could have threatened stealing his parent’s attention from big sister Alika, but instead she welcomed him with open arms.
Little Alika is still just a baby herself, but she’s already stepped into her role as big sister to newborn Gernot. The one-year-old lowland gorilla, who celebrated her birthday on December 10th, surprised zoo staff by hugging her newborn baby brother in the sweetest way imaginable.
Gorilla keeper Glynn Hennessy commented on Alika’s behavior, “Western lowland gorillas live in troops and learn how to act from observing each other’s behaviors and manners and here we can see Alika demonstrating some of the nurturing skills she’s learned from the adults.”
“As keepers we not only get to celebrate the important milestone of Alika’s first birthday, and marvel at how independent she’s becoming, but we get to witness these incredible, natural interactions between her and Gernot.”
Watch the adorable moment these siblings meet for the first time and share if their priceless interaction made your day!
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