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Grieving gorilla in Frankfurt Zoo won't let go of dead baby

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 18/09/2015 | 17:25

Shira and her dead baby
Credit: Bild
Shira and her dead baby Credit: Bild

A mother's love simply knows no bounds.

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Shira the gorilla is still clutching her dead baby a week after it tragically died.

The grieving ten-year-old mother sleeps with her baby on her chest and attempts to wake it up each morning.

Director of Frankfurt Zoo in Germany, Manfred Niekisch, said that the baby gorilla was born last Thursday morning and initially seemed to be in good health.

Shria in her enclosure in Frankfurt Zoo, Germany
Credit: Bild
Shria in her enclosure in Frankfurt Zoo, Germany Credit: Bild

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"The bond between mothers and their babies is particularly close.

"This is often the case with gorillas.

"Shira needs time and space to come to terms with her loss," he said.

When zookepers feel that it is safe to enter her compound they plan to remove the youngster's body and establish a cause of death.

The baby is Shira's second, following the loss of her son last year.

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He died at the age of six months after catching a lethal viral infection.

She hugged him in a similar manner following his death.

When she realised the reality of the situation, she laid him in a corner of her enclosure and went to bed to mourn.

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