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Adorable baby gorilla can't help but make you smile

It looks like this toddler has decided to take it easy today.

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Western Lowland GorillaWestern Lowland GorillaPhoto: Tibor Jager / Zoological Center Tel Aviv Ramat Gan Safari
March 2, 2016 | Latest Photo

This baby western lowland gorilla in the Ramat Gan Safari located in Tel Aviv, Israel rests on a log looking as comfortable as if it were a down mattress.

Currently, the Ramat Gan Safari is home to many gorillas, including a male named Lucas, two females named Anya and Leah and toddlers. Despite being quite large, Lucas is very gentle with the toddlers and often plays with them.

Western lowland gorillas live in small families with one or two males, along with some females and their children. They're vegetarian, eating a wide variety of plants, fruits, twigs and leaves that are often spiced with termites or ants.

These apes are known as gentle giants. They spend most of the day moving, eating, playing and napping.

Male western lowland gorillas are twice as big as female ones; they're usually around 180 pounds. They're native to central African rainforests, and there are about 100,000 of them in the wild.

These apes are endangered and threatened by hunters, who want their meat and also sell their body parts for folk medicine. Humans often take their children as pets, which is naturally hard on the parents, who, like humans, are quite protective of their young.

Perhaps an even bigger threat is deforestation: humans are cutting down trees and using land that these gorillas need to survive.

Hopefully, we'll find a way to live in harmony with Lucas's relatives. He and his family certainly make us smile.

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