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Lincoln Park Zoo’s gorilla baby continues her recovery
Nayembi, a baby gorilla born at Lincoln Park Zoo, continues to recover from facial injuries sustained at the zoo, officials there said in a statement Thursday.
The young ape is out of the animal hospital and living at the Regenstein Center for African Apes, though not in the public enclosure where her mother, Rollie, and father, Kwan, live. She can see her parents, though.
“Nayembi is still healing. Allowing the gorillas to touch or potentially groom the injured area would not be beneficial at this time, so as of yet there has not been any physical contact for Nayembi with the other gorillas,” said Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy in an email. “What is important is that Nayembi is living in very close visual proximity to her family group, including mother Rollie. Rollie can always keep a watchful eye on Nayembi, vocalize to her, and even solicit play behavior. Nayembi is also quick to fix her eye gaze on mother Rollie.”
Nayembi was injured Feb. 20, though the cause of her injuries remains unknown.