Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Baby gorilla arrives at Madrid Zoo (video)

Gorka, a gorilla at the Zoo Aquarium de Madrid, has given birth to a brand new baby on Saturday.

The baby weighed in at 1.5kg (3.3lbs) and is Gorka's fourth baby, born after a complication-free eight-month pregnancy.

The zoo has been unable to ascertain the baby's sex as yet, as apparently Gorka is always hugging and cradling her baby in her lap.  Staff at the zoo will be keeping a close eye on mother and baby, who will most probably remain separated from the other five gorillas in the zoo for the first month, to ensure that mother and child bond.

The zoo's official Facebook page is asking for suggestions for a name for the baby gorilla who was born as part of the important European Endangered Species Programme.

A video of mother and baby can be enjoyed below:

Read more about the story (in Spanish).