Confronting images of a gorilla struggling to part with her dead baby have emerged online and are breaking the hearts of millions around the world.
The heartbreaking images of Shira and her dead daughter have proven that animals can feel the pain of loss just as deeply as we humans do.
The infant is believed to have suddenly died while in the arms of her mother at Frankfurt Zoo in Germany.
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For days, the devastated mother has shook, cuddled and tried to wake up the one-week-old while onlookers at the zoo weep at her actions.
It’s believed zookeepers intend to retrieve the lifeless animal when the mother finally lets go of the corpse for an autopsy.