Friday, May 06, 2005

Hero Gorilla Gives Birth


A hero gorilla saved the day in 1996 by carefully picking up a boy who fell into a Brookfield Zoo exhibit. Today Binti is back in the headlines after delivering a baby of her own. Proud mom and infant are doing just fine.

The world watched in amazement when Binti gingerly cradled that boy, moving him out of harm's way. Experts say the gorilla's loving actions may have saved the boy's life.

CBS 2's Vince Gerasole reports on how now Binti gets to put her maternal instincts to use in a more traditional way.

You might say Binti's holding close the gorilla of her dreams -- a nearly 5-pound male infant born Monday night.

Nearby crowds at the Brookfield Zoo can't help but point and click and recall the incident that made this western lowland gorilla an international heroine in 1996.

Visitors were in a panic when a 3-year-old boy fell 20 feet into the gorilla pit, but Binti kept her calm -- picking up the child, cradling him with her right arm like she would her own infant and carrying him 60 feet to an access entrance, most likely saving his life.

“For us it reinforced our understanding of gorillas as gentile and social creatures,” said primate curator Melinda Pruett-Jones.

Story here.

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