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Monday, October 8, 2018

Zoo Celebrates Birth Of Endangered Baby Gorilla

Zoo keepers in the US are celebrating the birth of a critically endangered baby gorilla .

The adorable western lowland gorilla was born at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens (JZG) in Florida on September 28.

The proud zoo shared video and photos of the infant girl, who is yet to be named, last week.

She is currently under assisted rearing provided by the gorilla care staff. At first her 22-year-old mother Kumbuka, who is hearing-impaired, displayed normal maternal behaviour.


But she was carrying and cradling the baby improperly and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens staff decided to remove the infant and will continue to care for her for about four months, the zoo said.

The mother is still able to smell and the see the infant and observe the keepers as they care for her baby next door, with Kumbuka learning how to properly carry and hold the baby by watching them.

The zoo hopes the mother and baby will be reunited when the youngster is capable of adjusting herself.



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