A baby gorilla was spotted being a really cheeky monkey at a zoo – by sticking her tongue out at the camera.
The five-month-old, named Gandai, was seen playing with the camera at the US zoo where she happily smiled for photographs – before pulling the silly pose.
The adorable western lowland gorilla was introduced to her surrogate mother Bulera at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida, where she was videoed taking her first steps towards her.
Surrogacy was ‘Plan B’ for the gorilla care team – who had hoped Gandai’s biological mother Kumbuka would be willing to care for the infant.
Kumbuka was trained for motherhood ahead of her arrival but was seen to be carrying her unsafely so keepers had to intervene, CBS reported.
This was blamed on her hearing problems which meant she was unable to hear her daughter crying.
When Gandai met her new mother the zoo said she was immediately attentive and has a track record, having successfully mothered two babies before.
The zoo are optimistic that their ‘Plan B’ will work out, but have made preparations for a ‘Plan C’ if necessary.
This third option would involve the baby gorilla being transferred to another zoo to be mothered.