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Shhhhhhh. Keep it down. Zachary is sleeping.

Baby Zachary is a male lowland gorilla who was born Sept. 23, 2015, at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo.



Zachary sleeps on his mother, Kamba. Aww. Photo by Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society.

Baby Zachary is the fourth generation of a lowland gorilla family that lives at the zoo.

He joins his 11-year-old mother, Kamba; father, JoJo; aunt, Nora; grandmother, Koola; and great-grandmother, Binti Jua.

Zachary's 2-year-old Aunt Nora gets a closer look. Photo by Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society.

Zachary comes from a long line of awesome gorillas.

In 1996, his great grandmother, Binti Jua, rescued a little boy who fell 18 feet into the gorilla enclosure.

Binti Jua straight chilling with her son, Bakari, in 2007. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Zachary is already out greeting guests in the Tropic World habitat, but for now, he sticks close to his mother.

At the moment, Zachary uses his crazy-strong arms to hold tight to his mother's abdomen, but in a few months, he'll make the transition to riding on her back. But it won't be long before he starts exploring on his own.

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Zachary is still nursing and will do so for the next three to four years. However, zookeepers will introduce small bites of solid foods to his diet in the coming months.

#FreeTheNipple. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Conservation efforts for endangered gorillas like Zachary are critical to the success of the species.

Zachary's mom and dad were brought together by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Western Lowland Gorilla Species Survival Plan.

Species Survival Plans are programs that encourage breeding among endangered animals at different zoos to ensure a healthy, stable, self-sustaining population without risk of inbreeding within one or two zoo populations. Today, the Chicago Zoological Society says, there are about 339 western lowland gorillas residing in 48 accredited zoos across North America.

Photo by Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society.

Species Survival Plans contribute to conservation efforts in the wild by providing advanced research, resources for veterinary issues, and more. That's great news for the lowland gorilla, whose population is in decline due to commercial hunting, the illegal pet trade, habitat destruction from the logging industry, and even outbreaks like the Ebola virus.


Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

So, welcome, Zachary. We're glad you're here.

With the care and support you receive at the Brookfield Zoo, you'll be a walking, grunting example of why conservation is so important. And when you're a bit older, you'll even lend a hand to restoring the lowland gorilla population. It's a tall order, but you can do it.

Just as soon as you're done with your nap.


Photo by Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society.

Joy

1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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