Bristol Zoo's baby gorilla celebrates his first birthday with presents
By matt_2009 | Thursday, September 27, 2012, 11:40
Presents filled with tasty treats were given to baby gorilla Kukeña today as he celebrates his first birthday.
Kukena and mum Salome investigate their present.
Kukena's birthday cake.
Not to be left out, Bristol Zoo's family of seven western lowland gorillas were also given presents full of their favourite healthy food and a slice of birthday fruit cake as a special treat.
Little Kukeña is still tiny - weighing around 7kg (approximately 15lbs) and standing at around 45cm tall - but he is getting more inquisitive and adventurous and has developed well over the past year.
Assistant curator of mammals, Lynsey Bugg, said: "Kukeña has come a long way over the past 12 months, he is becoming a proper little adventurer and loves to sneak off to explore when mum isn't looking. Salome is a fantastic mum and is still very protective of her baby boy and keeps a close eye on him as he is still a bit too young to play with the other young gorillas as they tend to like a bit of rough and tumble."
She added: "Kukeña still takes his mother's milk but has started eating solids too. He loves soft, sweet fruits such as blueberries, grapes and banana, and also like avocado, so we have given him plenty of these to celebrate his birthday today."
To see a video of the gorillas enjoying the birthday party, click here.