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by Sarah Phipps Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm •  Published: February 15, 2013

Today I was assigned to shoot pictures of a newborn gorilla at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. It was not an easy task to take pictures of the baby gorilla. The zoo enclosure was very dark and I had to shoot through a reflective glass. To make matters worse momma Kelele sat on a perch and kept her arms tightly wrapped around her precious new bundle.

I waited for over an hour for Kelele to come close to the window so I could get a good view, but it was difficult to focus the camera through the window. She kept her arms wrapped around the tiny, little ape only giving me quick peeks of the baby.

Kelele holds her newborn baby at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The baby was born on Valentine's Day. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kelele holds her newborn baby at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The baby was born on Valentine's Day. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kelele holds her newborn baby at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The baby was born on Valentine's Day. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kelele holds her newborn baby at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The baby was born on Valentine's Day. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kelele holds her newborn baby at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The baby was born on Valentine's Day. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kelele holds her newborn baby at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The baby was born on Valentine's Day. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kelele holds her newborn baby at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The baby was born on Valentine's Day. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kelele holds her newborn baby at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The baby was born on Valentine's Day. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Perhaps the most difficult part of taking pictures of the baby was a jealous orangutan housed next door to the apes. When I focused my camera on the gorillas, the orangutan would pound the glass until I turned and looked. It would then pose for photos with its blanket. I couldn’t resist taking a quick picture.

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— Sarah Phipps


by Sarah Phipps
Photographer
Born in Missouri, Sarah Phipps graduated of Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Mass Communication and French in 1999. After an internship with the St. Joe News-press, Sarah moved to Oklahoma for a full-time job at the...
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