In the past two weeks, our western lowland gorilla infant, Moke, has sprouted two new teeth. When he was five weeks old, the primate team observed two lower incisors break through his gums. Now, at 7 weeks old, he has two new upper incisors!
Primate infants tend to explore the world with their mouths, so it is no surprise that Moke is interested in testing out his new chompers. Over the past week, he has shown an interest in Calaya’s food. Not surprisingly, whenever he picks it up, Calaya takes the morsel before he can mouth it and eats it herself. Moke is quick to express his displeasure by having tiny tantrums. They only last a few seconds, though, before she comforts him.