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Here are 2 minutes of pure magic and love. 35-year-old Motuba, a gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo, is seen here wrestling with his two-year-old son, Ajabu. 

Did you know what when a gorilla has its mouth open and shows only the lower teeth, it's in a playful mood and inviting to play? Pretty interesting! 

In the video, both father and son are in "play" mode, as they have their mouths opened slightly to indicate so. However, even more so, you can just see the pure love in Motuba's eyes as he watches over his son. 

We're feeling the love from this amazing dad, how about you? 

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Endangered Gorilla Is Expecting 1st Baby In New Orleans' Zoo

What beautiful news! 

13-year-old Tumani is excepting her very first baby! The critically endangered gorilla, who currently resides at the New Orleans' zoo, is already being trained in preparation for the bundle of joy! Tumani has been given a "doll" to care for, but since a stuffed doll doesn't look anything like a gorilla, it could be easily torn apart. 

Instead, they come up with another idea. Audubon Zoo's chief veterinarian, Dr. Robert McLean, explained that they created a "rugged section of canvas firehose tubing has been woven roughly to the proportions and weight of a 4-pound newborn gorilla."

"I haven't seen it myself, McLean continued. "Apparently it's pretty ugly but it does the job."

Tumani is a western lowland gorilla. In 2016, there was only an estimate of 362,000 in the wild, and that number falls about 2.7% a year. And according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, by 2082, those numbers might plummet to 80%. 

Unfortunately, due to diseases, such as Ebola, habitat loss, and illegal hunting, their population is plummeting quickly. 

And all the more reason to celebrate Tumani and her baby to be. We wish this mama a healthy delivery and a healthy baby! 

Story via ABC3340 News

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In this amusing clip from the BBC Earth nature series, Gorilla Family and Me, Scottish wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan watches as a family of silverback gorillas struggle to climb up trees. Life in the trees can be hard when you weigh over 200 pounds. 

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