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Newborn gorilla born at Sydney zoo

Newborn gorilla born at Sydney zoo

Zoo keepers at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, have just announced the birth of a baby gorilla.

The baby’s mother, Frala, is Western-lowland gorilla. The father, Kibali, is a Silverback.

“The baby is strong, healthy, [has] good coloration, gripping on really tight, and we’ve seen a lot of suckling, which is a really good sign,” Lisa Ridley, the primate keeper, told reporters.

Zookeepers have yet to determine the sex of the baby gorilla because Frala has been holding the newborn so close.

This is the second baby born to gorillas in the last seven months at the zoo. Gorilla baby Mjukuu was born last year and zookeepers say Mjukuu’s mom, Mbeli, still loves spending time with her gorilla baby.

“This new infant is great for young Mjukuu as a future playmate. Socialisation is such an important thing for gorillas,” noted Primate Supervisor Lou Grossfeldt.

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