Gorilla Born At Columbus Zoo To First-Time Parents


UPDATED: Friday May 24, 2013 6:10 PM

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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