ANIMAL NEWS: Baby Gorilla Born at Bristol Zoo gardens!
A baby western lowland gorilla arrived in the early hours of Tuesday 22nd of December in the gorilla house at the heart of Bristol Zoo.
This has been the second gorilla birth in less than 6 months.
Nigel Simpson, Head of Animal Collections, said: “It is simply wonderful to see a new-born gorilla, they are so charismatic and such an iconic species.”
“The birth is also important in helping to safeguard the future of western lowland gorillas, which are Critically Endangered in the wild.
Nigel continued with: “Touni is an excellent mother and she is taking very good care of her baby. All the early signs are positive and the baby looks to be strong and healthy. We will be keeping a very close eye on both mother and baby as these early hours and days are so important.
Mum Touni gave birth naturally overnight to the infant, with dad, Jock, and the rest of the family troop nearby. Keepers arrived in the morning to find the little gorilla being cradled in its mother’s arms.
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