Thursday, September 30, 2010

Gorilla Born At Columbus Zoo

A baby gorilla was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Wednesday, September 29 at approximately 2:00 p.m. The baby, whose sex is currently unknown, is being cared for by mother “Cassie” under the watchful eyes of father “Annaka” and two other members of their group.

This is the first offspring for Cassie who was born at the Columbus Zoo in 1993 and the third for Annaka who was born at the Philadelphia Zoo in 1985 and came to the Columbus Zoo in 1993. It is the thirtieth gorilla to be born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

As part of the Zoo’s normal protocol in anticipation of the birth of a great ape, Cassie was under 24-hour observation prior to the birth. Observations will continue indefinitely during this critical time period in order to monitor the overall health of both the mother and baby including care and feeding of the infant. During this time the group will not be able to be seen by Zoo visitors.

Full story here.

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