Philadelphia Zoo Welcomes Baby Gorilla

The Philadelphia Zoo welcomes its newest addition, a newborn western lowland gorilla

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Philadelphia Zoo Welcomes its Youngest Member to the PECO Primate Reserve
After 1.5 hours the team delivered a healthy 5lb, 0 oz. baby boy, the process requiring many of the same tools and techniques used for human deliveries.
The western lowland gorilla born to Kira, the Zoo’s 17-year-old female and 32-year old Motuba on Friday, June 2. "It was an anxious and dramatic day at the Zoo, but in the end a tremendously rewarding one," Philadelphia Zoo Chief Operating Office Dr. Andy Baker said.
The newborn currently lives in PECO Primate Reserve with mom Kira, dad Motuba and other troop mates Honi and her baby Amani.
“We are very excited to welcome Kira’s new baby,” said Dr. Baker, “This important birth is an opportunity to engage the world in caring about the future of gorillas in the wild.”
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