We all know Darwin’s theory of evolving. We all have evolved from monkeys and when looking at many similarities monkeys are showing, that seems very true. However, adding to this intriguing mystery, we recently got to know about a gorilla who was born with a lack of pigmentation on her fingers! Her fingers look more similar to that of humans and this news caught many people’s attention.
Gorilla Anaka celebrated her 6th birthday recently and the zoo that she is living in, zoo Atlanta decided to hold a fun party for her. The staff captured some beautiful pictures of the big girl and when these pictures were shared on Facebook, many people sent wishes for her birthday. However, some attentive people among them also noted some peculiarities of the baby gorilla.
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The baby gorilla has a unique patch of pigmentation on her hand. Interestingly, like all primates, they also have individualized fingerprints and toe prints, which sometimes may be used for identification purposes. Unlike most animals we’re used to seeing, primates having fingernails and toenails rather than claws. They are used for opening and scraping things, cleaning, and scratching. So, it’s almost like the way how humans use their fingers.
However, according to the zoo, Anaka also shows different behavior patterns from that of other gorillas. “[She’s] often barking at her mom and others to get a prime spot for food and juice,” the zoo wrote on their website. “She is often seen riding piggyback on her brothers and sisters.”
Some people were thinking Anaka has vitiligo which is a long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment. But Morena Lale commented that she wrote to the zoo about it and they didn’t confirm it, “I asked this question … and this is their reply: ‘Well, her skin pigment has always been like that and hasn’t changed over the years, so we think it’s just a cool birthmark.’”
So, If you enjoyed the amazing pictures of this girl we would like to see you sharing them with others.