National Geographic : 1970 Jan
KODACHROME (LE I) ANULKIACHKUMES BY ROBEXRM. CAMPBELLU N.K.S . Tickle time: Pucker Puss, a captive two-year-old female, and Coco, a 16-month-old male, enjoy a frolic. Watching gorillas in the wild, the author found adult males to be very protective and tolerant of the young. She once saw an old male, Uncle Bert, tickle an infant with a flower, as might a kindly grandfather. Hairy hug from Pucker repays human kindness. Miss Fossey nursed both youngsters to health after their capture and impris onment for zoo collectors. "Our schedule would do justice to the fussiest ma ternity ward," she said of their care, which included formula preparation, burp ing, and bottle sterilizing. Speak no evil: One of the babies claps a hand over the author's mouth during a romp. The male will reach maturity at about eight years, the female at seven.