Nayembi still can’t interact with her mother because veterinarians say it’s important to keep other gorillas from touching her injured face.
The infant gorilla was hurt on Feb. 20. Zoo officials don’t know what caused the facial injury, which required emergency surgery and hospitalization.
Animal Care staff members say that Nayembi is recovering “remarkably well” and is behaving as expected. They released new photos of the baby on Thursday.
“What is important is that Nayembi is living in very close visual proximity to her family group, including mother Rollie,” director of primates Maureen Leahy said in a press release. “Rollie can always keep a watchful eye on Nayembi, vocalize to her, and even solicit play behavior. Nayembi is also quick to fix her eye gaze on mother Rollie.”