Gorilla mother with baby

A Western Lowland gorilla holding her infant from the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP-UNEP).


For a long time, the claim in the human literature was that humans are the only primates in which mothers have eye contact with their infants. It is true, that humans have more of it, especially since ape babies most of the time cling to the belly, but eye contact is certainly not absent in other primates, not even in the monkeys.