Check Up on Ailing Bageni Family Brings Welcome News!

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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.

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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!

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An umbilical cord was the next thing that caught the teams’ eyes

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Indeed, there was a baby attached to the other end!

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Luckily, this little mountain gorilla will get the benefit of its mother’s immune system through breast feeding




  1. Ola Sarri February 14, 2015 Reply

    So heartwarming! This made my day.

  2. Michael Moss February 14, 2015 Reply

    This is terrific news. Thank you for posting. Shared with my own family here in Brooklyn.

  3. Diana February 14, 2015 Reply

    Great news! The new born is so adorable.

  4. Victoria Solomi February 14, 2015 Reply

    Praise God!

  5. Gail Ann February 14, 2015 Reply

    Truly creators of God!

  6. Lila February 14, 2015 Reply

    Congratulations! Wishing this little baby gorilla & his/her mother health & safety! Wishing All gorillas (including these 2) in the Bageni family and All gorillas everywhere Long, Happy, Healthy, & SAFE life

  7. Brian February 14, 2015 Reply

    Thank you for sharing the good news! Too often we hear the bad about this group. May they continue to flourish and get well.

  8. Ginny Davis February 14, 2015 Reply

    Heartwarming news on this cold, snowy day in Pennsylvania…

  9. Mrs. Patricia C. Rohan February 14, 2015 Reply

    So wonderful to be able to see these glorious pictures, truly they give all the glory to Almighty God who created these beautiful Gorillas. May God bless this little angel, may this baby not see what it’s parents have seen with pouching and cruelty. May God protect these wonderful Gorillas not only at the Virunga Nat’l Park, but wherever they live in the world. Thank you for these pictures, a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift!

  10. villma February 15, 2015 Reply

    Omgosh! is so cute, thanks to the people who risk their lives, so this miracles can happen, God bless then and protect them

  11. AnneMarie February 15, 2015 Reply

    Thank God for the good news! Let them all be safe and well!

  12. Fiorella February 17, 2015 Reply

    Witnessing and capturing by photo, the birth of a new baby gorilla is so enlightening. What a wonderful experience.

  13. Noelle February 18, 2015 Reply

    What a beautiful site. Thank you rangers for your bravery in protecting the park and all of its inhabitants. You do an amazing job!! :)

  14. Danielle February 20, 2015 Reply

    I lift you all up in my prayers! Thank you Rangers for your courage to stand up for what is right! You are the Heros in this world! My heart goes out to you men and woman! Continue to stay Strong!
    And Praise God for such beautiful news about the baby! Thanks for sharing with us!

  15. Maria Cristina Mora February 20, 2015 Reply

    Sigan adelante que su esfuerzo sera recompensado que Dios los cuide y los bendiga


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