Emotional video has captured the moment a chimpanzee is reunited with her baby after being separated from him for two days following an emergency caesarean section at a Kansas zoo.
The video from the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita shows the mother referred 48 hours after her caesarean section. Her baby girl, Kochiza, had to stay in the hospital for two days due to complications leading to an emotional reunion of mother and child.
Mahal tentatively approaches her swaddled baby in a blanket. As soon as the little one reaches out for an arm, Mahale’s maternal instincts kick into action, quickly scooping her baby up and lovingly cuddling it to her breast.
Jenica King, the zoo’s director of communications, told Fox News that the video is “one of the most powerful things I’ve ever seen. She knows it’s her baby lying there. And the baby’s still very still. She’s looking at him like, ‘What’s going on?'” And as soon as he moves, you see the comfort and the love, and just, oh, my God, it’s amazing. “
In the background, you can hear employees babbling at the tender spot, saying “Good job, Mama” and cooing.
“Mahal is an exceptional mother, and it is clear how much she loves her child,” said Sedgwick Zoo. Kochiza, which means “to play” in Swahili, was Mahali’s third child.
On their Facebook page, the zoo said the two have been inseparable since Mahale first picked up her baby and that they are “in love”.