Famed Gorilla’s Birthmark Raises Eyebrows At Zoo Atlanta

Nature never ceases to amaze the keen eye of the observer.
Recently, Zoo Atlanta boasted of such a unique occurrence.
It was during Anaka’s sixth birthday that an outstanding feature was noticed on her hand.
According to the zookeepers, it is a birthmark. She has the lack of pigmentation from birth. Therefore, the possibility of vitiligo, a skin condition where patches of skin permanently lose color, is ruled out. This is a fact discovered by Morena Lale, who wrote to the zoo.
The occurrence provoked thoughts of evolution.
It is thought provoking to say the least. The pale patch of skin causes her fingers to resemble those of a human. The photos taken are interesting to look at. The nails are well defined and many realize the fact that gorillas have nails and not claws like other animals.
And why not?
All primates have an opposable thumb and fingerprints that can be used for identification.
The zoo uploaded the photos on Facebook and got pleasant reactions of how genetically close we are to the gorillas. One wondered how they keep their nails trim.
If for nothing else, it is a feature worth taking some time to mesmerize and think about.

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Image credits: Zoo Atlanta

Image credits: Zoo Atlanta

Image credits: Zoo Atlanta

Image credits: Zoo Atlanta

Image credits: Zoo Atlanta

Image credits: Zoo Atlanta

Image credits: Zoo Atlanta

Image credits: Zoo Atlanta