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EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PART SOURCE: The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Fossey Fund trackers were surprised and delighted when they reached a mountain gorilla group early on Monday morning to be greeted by the group’s sixteen-year-old female holding two newborn infants!

© Samedi Mucyo, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
©Samedi Mucyo, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

The gorilla group is monitored daily by The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in Rwanda, and since the infants were dry, the researchers assumed they had been born during the night or evening prior. The mother looked well, though visibly tired!

© Samedi Mucyo, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
©Samedi Mucyo, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

Twins are unusual among mountain gorillas and this is only the third case recorded among the groups monitored by the Fossey Fund (unfortunately, none of the infant twins recorded have survived). There are, however, several other cases among groups monitored by Rwanda park authorities for tourist visits, including a pair born in 2004 who are still alive and well.

The mother, named Isaro, also has a 6-year-old and a 3-and-a-half-year-old in the group. This is the fourth group she has lived in and it now counts 21 gorillas among its members, including the newborn twins.

© Samedi Mucyo, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
©Samedi Mucyo, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
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