A baby gorilla is hand-raised by zookeepers after its mother struggles to take care of it.
The two month old gorilla from the western lowlands is bottle fed and comforted by staff at Bristol Zoo Gardens.
Mother Kala gave birth, of course, but the staff had to intervene when she couldn’t give him enough milk.
During the day he is cared for in the gorilla house so that Kala and other monkeys can see, smell and be around him to ensure that he is accepted as a family member.
At night he is looked after by animal keepers in the zoo’s own accommodation on the premises.
Lynsey Bugg, the zoo’s mammal curator, said, “Hand-raising an animal is not an easy decision as we always prefer an animal to be raised naturally by its own mother.
“Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen and in this case we’ve decided it is in the baby gorilla’s best interests to hand-raise him to make sure he has the best chance of survival.”
Lynsey said the zookeepers would do their best to treat him like a mother gorilla, make gorilla noises and expect him to hold on.
This will make it as easy as possible for him to be reintroduced into the group.
She added, “It’s really important for him to remain a trusted member of the group and used to all of the sounds, sights, and smells the gorillas make.”
The zookeepers ask the public to help name the newcomer by choosing from a shortlist of three people who speak local languages in his home country, Equatorial Guinea, Africa.
Motuku means “chief of the village”, Hasani means “handsome” and Kidosi is a popular name in Africa.