Kijivu holds her newborn baby at Prague Zoo, where the staff is celebrating this rare birth of a Western lowland gorilla in captivity. The new arrival comes after one of the most tragic events in the zoo’s history.
Dec. 31, 2012: Kijivu, a female Western lowland gorilla, holds her newborn baby at Prague Zoo on Dec. 27 in Prague, Czech Republic. The baby gorilla was born on Dec. 22, just months after Kijivu’s second child, Tatu, died after accidentally hanging himself with a climbing rope. Zoo director Miroslav Bobek called the death the most tragic event at the zoo since flooding in 2002 killed more than 100 animals. (© Frantisek Vlcek/isifa/MAFRA/Getty Images)
Dec. 26, 2012: This blue heron had been looking for food in a quiet marsh when it bit off more than it could chew with a feisty snake. The snake tightly wrapped its body around the heron’s beak before the bird had the chance to bite. After 15 minutes, the heron changed technique & started to bang the snake on the ground. The reptile’s grip began to wane & the heron gulped it down. (© Peter Brannon/Caters)
We cannot get away with this
But this one can!
Nov. 29, 2012: Manny Romero attaches an arm to a 13-foot-tall tumbleweed snowman in Albuquerque, NM, on Nov. 27. The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority builds a tumbleweed snowman every year to be placed along the freeway for the holiday season. (© Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal/Zuma Press)
MORE PHOTOS TO SEE BELOW
Nov. 28, 2012: A man was arrested for DUI after crashing a truck into a bridge in Beaverton, Ore. (© Beaverton Police/Rex Features)
Nov. 27, 2012: Rey Grego, a trucker dressed as Santa, joined hundreds of motorcyclists at Wilson Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M., on Nov. 25 for the annual toy run. The caravan of bikers then made its way through the streets collecting toys. (© Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal/Zuma Press)
Nov. 27, 2012: Thousands of Khom Loy paper lanterns rise into the night sky during the Loy Krathong Buddhist festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Nov. 24. An ancient tradition in northern Thailand, launching paper lanterns symbolizes letting go of your troubles & bad luck. Tourists & locals alike flock to the festival every year. (© Paul Brown/Rex Features)
Nov. 23, 2012: Dozens of Santas ring their bells while marching through Midtown Manhattan during the Volunteers of America‘s 110th Annual Sidewalk Santa Parade. (© Adrees Latif/Reuters)
Nov. 21, 2012: A parade float honors the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 17. Though some of the nation’s biggest retailers announced plans to start Black Friday sales early, several New England states still adhere to Colonial-era blue laws that prohibit retailers from opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day. (© Charlie Mahoney/The New York Times/Redux)
Nov. 21, 2012: Water pours from river outlet tubes during an experimental high-flow release from the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Ariz. (© Bob Strong/Reuters)
Nov. 20, 2012: A man feeds a sparrow in the garden of El Prado Museum in Madrid on Nov. 16. (© Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)
Nov. 19, 2012: This tarsier leaps through the air with only one thing on its mind—dinner, which in this case is a grasshopper, in Tangkoko National Park in Indonesia. (© Juergen Freund/Caters News)
This MY dog … was dumped when a puppy @ 4-5 weeks…
I put her in my top jacket pocket … That was in
February 6 + years ago.