And Now, A Baby for Golden!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 12:00am

In his latest blog entry, Dr. Deus Mjungu, Gombe Stream Research Center’s director of chimpanzee research, discusses the newest addition to the G family in Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

It’s been two days since we saw Golden with her new baby for the first time. One month and four days after her identical twin sister had a baby, Golden has also given birth.

Unlike her sisters Glitter and Gaia, Golden has been able to keep her baby away from her mother, Gremlin. In the past, Gremlin has taken newborns away from Gaia and Glitter shortly after they gave birth.

Before she was spotted with a new baby on August 15, Golden hadn’t been seen for almost two weeks. This could have been Golden’s strategy: hiding herself from her mother until she gave birth.

Now that she’s back with other G-family members, Golden hasn’t been letting Gremlin get close to her, even though Gremlin isn’t showing any interest in taking Golden’s baby. Golden has been moving away or turning back whenever her mother moves close to her and her infant. Keep it up Golden!

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