It’s the picture that will never get old. In the past few days on Twitter this photo duo has been doing the rounds with this caption: “A newborn baby gorilla at Melbourne Zoo gets a checkup at the hospital and shows surprise at the coldness of the stethoscope.”

Picture: David Caird

It’s not hard to see why people want to share this. Many of us are seeing it for the first time, but it was taken just after the birth of Yakini in November 1999. Why it’s cropped up on social media in the last 24 hours isn’t clear.

The Punch spoke to Herald Sun photographer David Caird, who took these and probably thousands of other pictures of Yakini, over a six-month period when the baby gorilla was being hand-raised after a very difficult birth.

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  • Carolyn RJ says:

    09:52am | 14/08/12

    What a sweet little expressionful face and beautiful eyes! Sigh…...Yakini is so much, much, much more gorgeous, and way cuter than every single human baby I’ve ever seen in my lifetime (and I’ve seen enough!). But then again, IMHO, the majority of non-human animal babies are…............. Read more »

  • Carolyn RJ says:

    09:31am | 14/08/12

    Yakini is so much, much, much more gorgeous and cuter than every single human baby I’ve ever seen during my lifetime! (IMHO, most non-human animal babies are…..). Read more »


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