National Geographic : 1960 Jan
Foster mother diapers her playful baby. Noel, an abandoned seven-month-old waif, Pampered baby gorilla enjoys her bottle more than her orange juice, vitamin drops, oil rubdown, and daily baths. Found orphaned and wailing in the jungle, Noel lives with Mrs. Emy Cordier, wife of an animal collector, in Utu, Belgian Congo. Despite the gorilla's high mortality rate in captivity, zoos pay as much as $5,000 for young specimens. Fewer than 60 of their kind may be seen in the United States. Mrs. Cordier (with kerchief, above) and Mrs. Frank Lambrecht put finishing touches on Noel's costume.