Monday, December 12, 2005

Kukdzoo gives birth to another gorilla at Zoo Atlanta

Another month, another gorilla born at Zoo Atlanta.

Maybe they're excited by the opening of "King Kong."

Kudzoo, an 11-year-old western lowland gorilla, gave birth to her first baby late Sunday night, zoo officials said. It's the fourth gorilla birth at the Grant Park facility since Halloween.

"Mother and baby are doing great," Susan Elliott, zoo spokesman said Monday. Neither the baby's sex or weight is known at this point.

If the new gorilla survives, it will be the first living grandchild of Willie B., the zoo mascot who died in 2000 at age 42. (Kudzoo is the daughter of Willie B. She mated with Taz to produce the newcomer.)

Last month, Lulu, another daughter of Willie B.'s, gave birth to a male baby but rejected mothering the newborn, which later died, despite efforts by Kuchi, Lulu's mother, to nurse it.

Kuchi herself gave birth to a rare set of twins Halloween night.

It's enough to make you wonder what the zoo is putting in the primate water supply.

Story here.

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