A gorilla was born to first-time parents at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Thursday morning.
The baby boy is healthy and weighs 5 pounds.
The baby gorilla’s mother, Kambera, has shown a lack of maternal skills due to the boy being her first offspring. Columbus Zoo animal care experts are raising him in an around-the-clock neonatal care environment. They hope to be able to reunite the baby with her in the near future, according to a release on Friday afternoon.
If the animal care experts are unable to reunite the baby with his mother, they will then work towards finding and introducing him to a surrogate mother over the next several months. There are several female gorillas at the zoo that could act as a surrogate mother.
It has not yet been determined when zoo visitors will be able to see the baby gorilla, which currently does not have a name.
There are now 16 gorillas at the Columbus Zoo.
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