Runny noses and coughing are what first caught Gorilla Doctor Eddy Syaluha’s attention…
A highly contagious upper-respiratory illness has been spreading through the Bageni family of mountain gorillas, and as of the check before last, 14 of 23 individuals had been afflicted. These types of outbreaks can be extremely dangerous in mountain gorillas. Dr. Eddy and the rangers have been keeping a close watch on the group. A few weeks ago, the afflicted were coughing with great frequency and most had runny noses. Silverback Bageni seemed to be among the hardest hit.
A congested Silverback Bageni
When Dr. Eddy and the rangers returned a week later, they were expecting to see more had come down with the illness. To their surprise, the outbreak hadn’t gotten any worse and most were getting better. But, there was a bigger surprise: a newborn — as in just born!
An umbilical cord was the next thing that caught the teams’ eyes
Indeed, there was a baby attached to the other end!
Luckily, this little mountain gorilla will get the benefit of its mother’s immune system through breast feeding