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The Story Behind the Baby Gorilla and the Cold Stethoscope


Photo: David Caird

Brrr, that is cold! Recently, the viral photo of a newborn baby gorilla reacting to the coldness of the stethoscope went viral after it was posted to Twitter by @christianmunthe. But in reality, the "baby" is now a 13-year-old gorilla.

The Herald Sun has the story:

Adorable images of Yakini squishing his face up as a vet listened to his heart with a stethoscope were beamed around the world back in 1999, prompting "Awwws" from people everywhere. [...]

Many were duped into believing the gorilla had just had a check-up at Melbourne Zoo.

The photos are actually almost 13 years old and were taken by Herald Sun photographer David Caird.

"He had a very difficult start to life and had to have a lot of intensive care treatment from zoo keepers and specialists that came in," Melbourne Zoo spokesperson Judith Henke said. "The photographs were taken during a brief media opportunity at the gorilla nursery back in 1999. I remember the photos were very big internationally at the time."

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