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Her name means “trea­sure” but as she mon­keyed around on her third birth­day, lit­tle go­rilla Kanzi (above) had no idea how pre­cious she is.

BABY go­rilla, Kanzi was all smiles yes­ter­day as she cel­e­brated her third birth­day at Mel­bourne Zoo.

The young go­rilla, whose name trans­lates to ‘trea­sure’ in Swahili, en­joyed icy beet­roots and cap­sicums with her par­ents Kimya and Otana, and ‘honorary aunty’ Yuska.

She also played in boxes sport­ing the logo “They’re Call­ing on You”, where she found sur­prise treats such as nuts and pop­corn.

With the wild go­rilla pop­u­la­tion in Africa de­clin­ing due to poach­ing and other hu­man im­pacts, the zoo is call­ing on pa­trons to bring their old mo­bile phones in to be re­fur­bished or re­cy­cled.

The drive is part of a fundrais­ing bid for the Go­rilla Doc­tors, cur­rently pro­vid­ing care to go­ril­las in Rwanda’s Vol­ca­noes Na­tional Park.

At last check, Kanzi weighed in at 23kg, still over 60kg lighter than her mother, Kimya.

With an­other six years be­fore Kanzi starts to reach adult­hood, she still has a lot of grow­ing ahead of her, and more fun birth­days.


CEL­E­BRA­TION: Baby go­rilla Kanzi has a mo­ment with her fa­ther Otana near her birth­day cake.

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