Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Newborn Joy For Gana The Gorilla After Baby Tragedy

gorilla babyA traumatized gorilla who carried around her dead baby's body for several days in a German zoo last year has given birth again — and this time her offspring is healthy.

Twelve-year-old Gana's very public mourning for her last child gained widespread attention last year. The baby gorilla, Claudio, died when he was three months old of a severe intestinal infection.

Gana's new daughter was born early Sunday, said Ilona Zuehlke, a spokeswoman for the Allwetter Zoo in Muenster.

The newborn is healthy and lively, much to the mother's apparent joy, Zuehlke said Tuesday.

"Gana looks very happy," she told The Associated Press.

Zuehlke said the zoo probably would name the baby Claudia — after Claudia Kleinert, a German television weather forecaster and presenter.

The zoo asked Kleinert to be the baby's godmother because "she showed enormous interest in the mother's last baby, which ended up dying tragically," Zuehlke said.

Visitors already can see the new arrival, one of the zoo's six gorillas.

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