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Beautiful Baby

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It’s a girl!  A western lowland gorilla, born at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.  Cams and Youtube addresses at this link.

Events, photos, like this make me cry.  I thought some of you would like to cry along with me.  While I’m glad the baby and her family are doing well, how dearly do I long for a world in which they were all free, and safe.  They should not be shut up behind bars and walls. 

Heart

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18 thoughts on “Beautiful Baby

  1. She seems very nonchanlant about the whole thing. Enjoying a bit of snacking I see. I hope they give her some stout. That’s very good for getting the milk to come down. But I feel sad that this little girl will live her life in captivity.

    Zoo keepers are always so puffed up about these occasions, just replete with self-congratulation about all the good they’re doing the world.
    😐

    Posted by Sis | October 25, 2007, 5:32 am
  2. Have you read “Songs of the Gorilla Nation” by Dawn Prince-Hughes? She’s a woman with Asperger’s Syndrome who worked at the Woodland Park Zoo with the gorillas there and came to think of them as family. The way she writes about them is so earnest and poignant that you’ll never look at gorillas the same way again. Through her words you come to realize that the gorillas really are people–a different kind of people, but all of the official aspects that are listed as defining what a human is–so far, gorillas have shown all of them. (I can’t remember what they are, though. .it’s been a while since I read the book)

    Anyway, Prince-Hughes mentions a female gorilla named Amanda among the gorilla families she took care of and I wonder if this is the same Amanda the news report is talking about. Either way, it’s wonderful news!🙂

    Posted by Chloe | October 25, 2007, 7:28 am
  3. Yeah, Sis, sort of like obstetricians who pat themselves on the back about “delivering” babies.

    Speaking of stout, I was also reading yesterday about six elephants that got into the homemade rice beer in town in India , got drunk, pulled down an electrical pole and they all got electrocuted. About 40 elephants were having a drunken revelry in the rice paddies and one rubbed up against a power pole. When others saw what had happened, they tried to help, and three adult elephants and three calves were killed. 😦

    It’s like there’s a sort of war between the elephants and humans in some cities. In the article I linked to in the past five years elephants have killed 239 humans, but 265 elephants have been killed, mostly in retaliation for killing the humans. What a mess humans have made of things, in so many ways.

    Posted by Heart | October 25, 2007, 1:00 pm
  4. Another precious non-human being come to Life.

    Thanks for this beautiful picture, Heart!

    Mary

    Posted by Mary Sunshine | October 25, 2007, 1:09 pm
  5. That elephant story is heartbreaking! So is the idea that this baby gorilla is going to be raised in captivity. Its great that they are reproducing, though it won’t be enough, but I agree – they should be free and not behind a fence where people point and shout at them.

    Posted by Celeste | October 25, 2007, 10:29 pm
  6. Huh? I submitted a comment but I guess it didn’t take. . oh well. I wonder if you’ve read “Songs of the Gorilla Nation” by Dawn Prince-Hughes? She talks about working with gorilla families in the Woodland Park Zoo and how their humanity taught her how to understand and interact with humans better. (she has Asperger’s Syndrome) It’s a beautiful book and in it she talks about a gorilla named Amanda and I wonder if this is the same Amanda in the news story.🙂

    Posted by Chloe | October 25, 2007, 10:32 pm
  7. I so agree, Celeste. A funny story, sorta, bitterly funny: I showed a co-worker the photo of the new baby gorilla and she told me about her nieces and nephews visiting last summer and everyone going to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle (where this baby was born). The highlight of the trip was when one of the gorillas flipped everybody off! HA. 🙂

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | October 25, 2007, 10:33 pm
  8. Hey, Chloe, I went searching for your lost comment and found it on page 3 of my spams. :/ I also found Mary Sunshine’s and one of Branjors. Akismet must have burped.

    I will have to try to find that book! It sounds wonderful and I bet Amanda is the same Amanda. 🙂

    Posted by womensspace | October 25, 2007, 10:39 pm
  9. I view these stories of animals showing people how to be human in the same light as I view stories of people thinking that’s a good role for the mentally disabled too. They improve us so much.

    Posted by Sis | October 25, 2007, 11:25 pm
  10. What a beautiful photo.

    I have a love/hate relationship with keeping animals in captivity. I hate that they have to be confined and are largely viewed as entertainment for humans, yet, until animals can live in their natural environments free from human intervention, like killing, we have to care for them. I love what I learn from them, especially how different species care for their offspring. Sometimes it’s a hard life they show us, like when sick birds are culled from their flock.

    With my own house full of animals, there are many times I feel closer to them than to the humans around me.

    Posted by archcrone | October 26, 2007, 12:31 am
  11. Just another problem that would be solved by reducing the human population by 99%

    Posted by Hecate | October 26, 2007, 2:16 am
  12. A very beautiful moment. Thanks for sharing Heart.

    For Christmas I am asking for a net, maybe something between a butterfly and fishing net. I looked at a few and the netting part seems to be plastic, I’m not sure if it will do. Wasn’t the netting string-rope like long ago? Anyway, the reason I want the net is to help birds get out of the street after they have been wounded. I see at least one a week, crows, sea gulls, pigeons. A car has hit them, I supposed, and a leg or wing is wounded. I assume. Because I see them sitting in the middle of the street, struggling to move but not able too. If they are going to die the least I can do is move them over to the grass so some SUV or Truck or other monster cannot brutalise their last moments by running over them again and again.

    Posted by ekittyglendower | October 26, 2007, 4:22 am
  13. Hecate,
    😀

    Well, we won’t have to wait much longer. I wish the other species well! May they live long and prosper.

    Posted by Mary Sunshine | October 26, 2007, 10:57 am
  14. Welcome lil girl!

    I hope she grows and thrives, but I am so scared for her as very few animals seem to be born and raised in zoos.

    Posted by branjor | October 27, 2007, 1:01 pm
  15. Oh.

    Gorillas are amazing. As are chimpanzees and bonobos. They are all so wonderfully amazing. And the lemurs of Madagascar. All so beautiful, so intelligent. Overpopulation of us, the human primates, is a big problem. Poverty of the humans in their regions is the biggest problem. Poverty inflicted on people by people. That’s what is destroying their habitat. Who knows what will become of all of us.

    But, Heart, thank you for posting the photo. The beauty and life made me smile.
    K

    Posted by archaeomom8 | October 28, 2007, 9:28 am
  16. Hey, K! Always good to read you. 🙂

    How are you and your family faring with the fires and everything? I hope you are all okay.

    Here’s an article about a treaty signed by African nations to better protect the gorillas:

    http://www.panda.org/news_facts/newsroom/index.cfm?uNewsID=116062

    Such amazing creatures!

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | October 28, 2007, 3:06 pm
  17. She’s beautiful🙂

    Posted by hexy | October 29, 2007, 6:28 am
  18. Hey Heart,

    Thanks for the link. I sure hope it helps. The biggest problem around all of this is poverty and we know that comes from centuries of colonization.

    The fires. Thanks for the good thoughts. We’re okay. Some mountains not far away burned. Some students and a friend were evacuated, but it sounds like everyone is back now. We had plenty of smoke, like your family down here did, but we were not in real danger. Click on my website/LiveJournal link and see my take on all of this. Not too different from yours and Jenni’s.

    Posted by archaeomom8 | October 30, 2007, 10:22 am

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