April 21, 2021

Anaka- the Gorilla With the Human-like Birthmark on Her Hand

Anaka, it’s one of the gorillas at Zoo Atlanta, who recently turned 6.

There was a celebration on her behalf, and employee of the facility shared a couple picture of the occasion on Facebook.


Image credits: Zoo Atlanta


Image credits: Zoo Atlanta

Among the best wishes sent, some people noticed something different about Anaka.

One part of  her hand has no pigment, and it looks very closely alike to a human hand. According to the zoo, Anaka’s skin is unique, but so is she herself. She stands out in the crowd when it comes to eating and drinking, and she’s often seen piggyback riding her brothers and sisters.


Image credits: Zoo Atlanta


Image credits: Zoo Atlanta

Some people were thinking that Anaka has vitiligo, a long-term skin condition characterized by parts of skin losing their pigment, but the zoo employees think that it’s just a cool birthmark that makes Anaka special.


Image credits: Zoo Atlanta

And of course, there were some lovely feedback from people who were surprised from Anaka’s skin condition.

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