Like humans, Gorillas are amongst the animals with the strongest maternal instinct, and this adorable ape is of no exception.

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Koko has been part of the Gorilla Foundation since she was a baby in 1972 and has learnt sign language to communicate with her care givers.

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For her birthday this year, Koko got to meet a litter of kittens who she immediately loved and they loved her just as much back.

She has taken in two of the kittens as her own and from the footage, you can see that she would be an incredible mother. Koko is gentle and kind whilst still bringing out her playful side.

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Footage like this provides exposure for the Gorilla Foundation to show exactly what their care delivers for these apes, take a look for yourself; Koko and her kitties will melt your heart.