What a Family

Time for a little miscellaneous.

I mentioned in an earlier post my trend in the direction of watching more YouTube videos and less television, including sports and news, since COVID hit. I’ve already briefly discussed my interest in camping videos and will get into that topic at greater length in a future post. My YouTube viewing has also included many wildlife videos.

Of all the people and animals I’ve watched over the past year-and-a-half, none has been more captivating and mood-lifting than the exploits of a family of gorillas at the Kyoto City Zoo in Japan. There are several YouTube channels that update their activities on a frequent basis, so that new material is posted daily.. 

The family consists of Momotaro (father), Genki (mother), Gentaro (older son), and Kintaro (younger son).  

Momotaro (Dad)
Genki (Mom)
Gentaro (Big-Brother)
Kintaro (Little-Brother)

While each one has a unique and endearing personality, watching how they interact is often the most enjoyable aspect of the videos.

Both parents – and of course the children – were born in captivity. Momotaro, who is in his early twenties, was raised at another zoo by his mother without the presence of his father, but he is now in the position of protecting and helping to raise his own sons. He seems to have adapted to the role fairly well and is a good father, at least to the novice eye. 

Genki is in her mid-thirties – considerably older than her mate – and has been completely absorbed by raising and protecting her boys, especially the younger one, who now appears to have reached toddler stage. In Kintaro’s first year, her protective manner sometimes extended to shielding him from Momotaro and Gentaro, who she feared may be too inadvertently rough while holding or playing with the little guy. 

While Gentaro showed brief signs of jealousy over the amount of attention his mother gave Kintaro early on, the two brothers developed a strong bond before long and seem to get a lot of mutual delight from playing with each other. 

They all get along well with the zookeepers who work with them on a regular basis. Gentaro has a great relationship with one in particular and likes to show off for her. His dances and facial expressions are pure joy.

All the while, Momotaro watches over and protects his family, leaping into action at the slightest sense that harm may come to any of them.

After a recent bout of illness that spread around the family and that resulted in Momotaro being isolated for treatment for a period, all appears to be well now.

Back to food tomorrow.

Published by BZ Maestro

I live outside of Philadelphia and have been food-obsessed for as long as I can remember. After toying with the idea of starting a blog for a fairly long time, the extinction of a food-themed message board that I frequented for years prompted me to finally take action. Thank you for taking the time to check out what I've been up to - and eating. If you've enjoyed what you have read and seen, please consider clicking the "like" button and signing up as a follower.

2 thoughts on “What a Family

  1. I am new to this channel. As an Rn, you guys just don’t know how this has blessed me. I wake up every morning just to start my day with such natural love. I wish the human race cud take notes! Plz cont to share. I want so badly to work with gorillas. I always wanted to be a vet, but almost losing MY son I turned to nursing humans. I am 55 but wyd walk away from EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW TO WORK WITH THESE MAGNIFICENT MAJESTIC HOLY WHIMSICALNESS OF THIS ANIMAL. HERE IS MY EMAIL chootencurry1130@gmail.com I HAVE EMPTY NEST SYNDROME AND WANT TO WORK WITH MY DREAM.. GORILLAS. IF THR IS ANYONE IN THE STATES THAT HAS A RESIDENTIAL OPENING.. I WILL APPLY, WORK TIRELESSLY!! I LOVE THIS family I WOULD GUVE ANYTHING TO WORK WITH THIS FAMILY AND EVERY NEXT ONE!!!!and then the blessings for the children to maybe change our ways towards all species of God’s creation. Yes, I wish they cud enjoy the plush green freedom of living in the wild, but what can I do… But take care of those in my presence. Thank you again for this channel. Thanks to all the caretakers, AND THE CAMERA PERSON!!! KISSES AND HUGS AND U R THE GREATEST Photographer!!!! Love love to keep watching!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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