There is nothing like a bit of good news to brighten up a wet, cold and miserable winter’s day, and if you dream of going Gorilla Trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you will be pleased to know that the dwindling mountain gorilla population has just grown with the birth of extremely rare twins!
Image: ©Samedi Mucyo, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (gorillafund.org) announced earlier this month that 16-year-old Isaro of the Isabukuru group, had given birth to twins during the course of the night, and that both mother and babies were doing well.
Mountain Gorilla Twins are very rare indeed, in fact, the Fossey Fund have only seen 2 other cases since they started monitoring the groups, and while survival is going to be hard (25% of infants die during their first year of life), everyone remains hopeful that Isaro’s experience (she has already successfully raised 2 offspring) will be enough to help these treasured gorillas thrive.
According to the Dian Fossey Fund International, Gorilla mothers are solely responsible for caring for their infants during the first months, and as the infants are not yet strong enough to secure themselves to their mother, she must support them with her arms 24/7. This makes it increasingly difficult to feed and keep up with the rest of the group, and with the long rainy season fast approaching, Isaro could face real challenges in the coming weeks and months.
But fortunately, she is not alone, and with the help of other members of the group, both Isaro and her twins will thrive, and the future of the Mountain Gorilla will look a whole lot brighter!