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On The Other Side Of The Glass, A Zoo Gorilla Brings Her Baby To Meet Her Mother And Newborn

When it comes to the connections of a mother’s love, sometimes a difference isn’t really a difference at all.

Just ask Emmelina Austin and her new pal Kiki, a gorilla mother.


Austin and her family decided to take their 1-month-old baby, Canyon, to the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston the other day.

The Austins came upon Kiki in the company of her own offspring, a 7-month-old baby gorilla called Pablo, while passing by the gorilla cage.


“My wife stated that now that she is a mother, she feels like she can comprehend their link and see how much she cares for Pablo,” Canyon’s father, Michael Austin, told The Dodo.

“My wife lifted out our kid to show Kiki, who was on the opposite side of the fence… suddenly Kiki grabbed Pablo and carried him across to us on her leg.”

Emmelina and Kiki sat with their baby inches apart for the next several minutes, connecting as mothers despite the linguistic barrier between them:

Michael explained, “[Kiki] was talking to us with her hands.” “At one point, Pablo pressed his face to the glass, and they stood there, noses touching, watching him.” Tears welled up in both my wife’s and my eyes.”

It was a memorable time for the young family.