Amazing Closeup Photo of Gorilla With Vitiligo Reveals Pink Fingers

Anaka, a Gorilla with Vitiligo

Gorillas are known for their myriad of human-like qualities, and a photo from the Zoo Atlanta shows that they have skin conditions just like humans. Anaka, a Western Lowland Gorilla, has pink pigmentation on her normally dark fingers. At first glance, the incredible close-up shot of her hand might have you mistake Anaka for a human hand with vitiligo, but it is actually the hand of this beautiful gorilla.

The photograph of Anaka’s hand highlights its finer details. From it, we can see the creases in her fingers and short nails. “You can always pick her out of Taz’s family group because of the unique pink pigmentation on her fingers,” says Zoo Atlanta.

Despite Anaka being a gorilla, she has a personality that’s relatable to us humans, too. According to the Zoo Atlanta, she is “often barking at her mom and others for food and juice.” She can also be seen hitching a piggyback ride on her siblings. Does that sound like a little sister you know?

Anaka is a gorilla with vitiligo living at the Zoo Atlanta. The color variance is apparent in the pink pigmentation on her fingers.

Anaka, a Gorilla with Vitiligo

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All images via Zoo Atlanta.

Editor's note: This article has been edited and updated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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