Animals are not people. As much as we love to take certain traits and match them up against our own, most wildlife is just that – untamed and uncontrollable. We merely anthropomorphize their behavior, believing we can learn a little something about nature in general just by making these creatures a little less unpredictable and more like people.

This Is Shira



She Lives At The Frankfurt Zoo



Of course, there is always an exception to the rule, and in the great apes, we often find said exclusion. It is said that a scant 4% of DNA differentiates us from our primate cousins, and in this regard, we can truly see the human in such a hulking facade. In fact, a recent story about a gorilla in Germany proves how close we are as a species, and how we has individuals can see ourselves in even the most arcane of places.

When Her Baby Daughter Died, She Was Inconsolable



Shira, who lives at the Frankfurt Zoo, recently gave birth to a baby girl. All seemed fine until, one day, the infant dropped dead. No explanation. No immediate answer as to why. Now, this was not the first time Shira had given birth and lost the child. She had a son a few months back, but after six months of life, he died of an infection. The zoo wanted to find out what happened to the female, but her mother kept doing something heartbreaking.

Her Behavior Became Erratic



And It Had The Keepers Worried About Her Health As Well



What Did She Do? Continue On To Find Out