PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Sometimes people have to step in to help the animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo when Mother Nature doesn’t fully cooperate.

Back in May, a baby gorilla had to be removed from its mom when she developed an infection and couldn’t nurse.

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“Had to take him from his family when he was just a month old back in May, then had to take care of him 24 hours a day every day of the week for four months,” Roseann Giambro said.

Today, the long ordeal ended when the five-month-old baby gorilla was re-introduced to his troop. There were plenty of interested observers — many under the age of five.

Raw Video: Watch The Baby Gorilla Interact With Its Troop:

The kids saw what everyone saw as the mother and the entire troop watched over the baby.

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“I think they can relate a little bit more too to a baby animal. We have been coming to the zoo all summer and seeing the baby by itself with the zoo keeper and it’s kind of special for them to be able to see the same bond that a mom has with her baby kind of played out in a gorilla too,” Ashley Loboda said.

The most touching moment happened when the baby’s grandmother came over and sat down by the sleeping baby on a sunny hillside.

“The grandmother walked up to the baby and touched the baby a little bit and the baby sat up and she picked him up and then continued to walk with him, cuddling him and nurturing him. It was beautiful,” Catia Kossovsky said.

KDKA’s Rick Dayton Reports:


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