Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Baby gorilla born at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

For the first time in ten years, a baby gorilla was born at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Kwisha, a 13 year-old western lowland gorilla, gave birth to a 5 lbs, 2 ounce baby boy Saturday evening.

Zookeepers are handraising the baby because the mother has yet to accept him. They continue to reintroduce him to her in hopes that her motherly instincts will kick in. Kwisha was handraised and, unfortunately, may never be able to mother an infant. If she continues to reject him, another female gorilla is likely to become a surrogate.

The baby will become a permanent feature of the Primate World exhibit in about five months, but viewers may be able to catch a glimpse of him when he is periodically introduced to the rest of the gorillas until then. You can call the zoo to find out more information about he may be visible by the public.

The zoo will hold a contest to name the new baby gorilla. The name should be of an African origin and from a country where western lowland gorillas live in the wild. More details will become available this week.

Story here.

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