Thursday, March 15, 2007

Dutch Zoo Celebrates Birth Of Baby Gorilla

dutch gorilla birthAfter waiting for nearly a decade, workers at an Amsterdam zoo are finally celebrating the birth of a baby gorilla. It took a serious effort, but experts say the baby is healthy.

After two failed attempts, in 2005 the Artis Zoo had to import a male gorilla from a German safari park, Akili, in order to find a suitable partner for their female, Binti.

Akili wasted no time, and according to the zoo two other females are pregnant; Dafina and Skindy; both are due this summer.

According to zoo authorities, gorillas have a low sex drive and low sperm count, which makes the fruitful mating an rare chance.

Story here.


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