Friday, June 24, 2005

Gorilla born at Gladys Porter Zoo

mom, your ankles smell funny.

Wandering around the small island inside the Gladys Porter Zoo, a 15-year-old western lowland gorilla carries a very precious, and very private, bundle of joy.

Although other gorillas and zoo officials are curious to the see the newborn, Martha has kept the infant to herself since its birth last Friday.

“They’re doing just fine,” said Jerry Stones, general curator at the zoo.

The baby gorilla, the second born at the zoo since last year, was born just after 1:30 p.m. on June 17, but zoo officials have yet to get close enough to identify its gender.

Twelve gorillas are at the zoo, its highest mark since toxic fumes killed four of the dozen gorillas in January 2002.

Story here.

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