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    'GORILLA KISSES' (Mother & Baby) -Original Acrylic Drip Painting By Helen Leigh

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    'GORILLA KISSES' (Mother And Baby) 
    By Helen Leigh 
    Abstract Expressionist-Drip Painting (style) 
    Materials: 
    Acrylic Paint on Canvas 
    *LARGE: 60cm x 90cm x 3.5cm - (24"x36") Exhibition Grade Canvas. 

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    GORILLA MUM AND HER BABY: (attached on back of painting) 

    Mother Gorillas keep close contact with their babies; carrying, nursing, grooming and protecting them. 
    In the first few months, a young gorilla is constantly in physical contact with its mother. At first the mother supports the baby with one hand, but even on its first day it can cling to her fur without help for a certain length of time. Physical contact with the mother starts to decrease at the latest in the baby's 4th or 5th month, when it starts to walk quadrupedally. 
    In general, gorilla babies are nursed for at least 2 years. At 4-6 months they start to put plant parts into their mouth and to bite on them. At 8 months they regularly ingest solid food. At approximately 3 years they start to become independent because their mother gives birth to the next baby. In spite of this, mother and older offspring maintain a strong relationship. 
    From its first day of life, the baby is part of the group. Under the protection and control of the mother it slowly grows into the community. As soon as the mother permits the others to approach, they will look at the newborn baby, smell and touch it. At latest when the young gorilla starts moving away from its mother, the other animals seize the opportunity to make contact with it. Usually, adult gorillas will hold, carry and groom the infant, while young gorillas will try to play with them.