Recently, the San Francisco Zoo welcomed a new member to their family and she's as cute as can be. Though her mother Nneka is doing fine, the adorable 5-month-old gorilla named Kabibe (or “little lady” in Swahili) is being carefully cared for by her grandmother named Bawang who has assumed the role of adoptive mother for the infant. The 33-year-old matriarch of the family did the same thing for her big brother Hasani, who is now five-years-old. As the zoo states, “Once again, Bawang has taken on the huge responsibility of motherhood and has set a positive tone for the troop.”
As you can tell by the photos, little Kabibe is in quite good hands as she snuggles in the loving arms of her doting grandmother. Now at San Francisco Zoo, you can witness this beautiful relationship yourself. Yesterday morning, Kabibe went on view to the public for the very first time.
San Francisco Zoo website
Photos: May Woon and Marianne Hale/SF Zoo