National Geographic : 1964 Mar
catching him adroitly when he fell. At other times she carried him breast to breast. On the fifth day Achilla laid her son on the floor for the first time. He did not appreciate it at all and loudly expressed his resentment. Immediately his mother cradled him in her arms. But she persisted in putting him down, and soon the baby became used to it. No other anthropoid species is known to put down its young. Experience in zoological 450 gardens has taught us that very small chim- panzees or orangutans simply cannot be put down because the grip habit is so marked. In order to separate a little orang from its moth er for weighing, for example, two people are needed to disengage the extremities. Probably, since gorillas live on the ground, the ability to grip has not such a vital importance as for the tree-dwelling chimpanzees and orangs. Two months after the birth Achilla made a weighty decision and handed Jambo over to head keeper Carl Stemmler for the first time.