Just like a human’s new born, a mountain gorilla’s new born is referred to as a baby or an infant. Baby gorillas born weigh about 3-41bs which is about half the average of human babies whose weight is usually around 7 pounds.
Gorilla infants are helpless at birth so the mother gorillas nurse their babies for about 3 years, following which the young become more independent. Tourists that have had safaris in Uganda and safaris in Rwanda have seen mother gorillas take care of their babies during their Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris.
Much like human babies, baby gorillas are born cute. They also crawl before learning to walk and they love breast milk. Mountain gorilla infants develop quickly because they learn to crawl at about 2 months and are walking by the time they are around 8 or 9 months.
At about four months, Baby gorillas learn to cling to their mothers’ or are experts at grasping their mothers’ fur backs before learning to walk at around nine months. During Uganda gorilla trekking safaris, tourists encounter with gorillas carrying babies on their back.
Gorilla infants stay with their mothers for about three to four years. During these years, it is the time a female mountain gorilla waits between pregnancies. And on average it takes about 5 years.
Unlike adult gorillas who make their nests on the ground, young gorillas usually build their nests in trees. However, very young nursing gorillas usually share a nest with their mothers. During mountain gorilla safaris Uganda Rwanda, tourists have witnessed mother take care of their babies.
Baby gorillas start to put plants into their mouth as part of their diet because gorillas normally breast feed for about 6 months. At 8 months they regularly consume solid food since at 8 months, the baby gorilla is regarded fit to feed on normal plants.
At approximately 3 years, gorilla infants are set to become independent because their mother at this time is preparing to give birth to the next baby.
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