Saturday 17 March 2018

Baby gorilla born at San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo Safari Park is celebrating the arrival this week of a female baby gorilla, a member of the endangered western lowland species.

The roughly four-pound (1.8-kg) baby was found in the arms of her mother Kokomo on Wednesday morning after an overnight birth, said the zoo's lead keeper Peggy Sexton.

"They're really tiny and the moms hold them very close to the chest," Sexton said. "Often what you'll see is the little face and maybe a foot or hand sticking out."

Western lowland gorillas live in the rainforests of central and west Africa, and are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


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