A healthy baby western lowland gorilla, an endangered species in its native Central Africa, has been born at Lincoln Park Zoo.
According to a press release from the zoo, the baby, who has not been named, was born on Oct. 11, and the mother, Bana, 17, "is showing appropriate maternal instincts." The infant gorilla’s father is Kwan, a 23-yrear-old silverback gorilla. The baby's sex has not yet been determined.
"We are cautiously optimistic about the new arrival. So far, Bana and the baby are showing all the signs of a happy, healthy mom-and-baby pair," said Curator of Primates Maureen Leahy in the release.
"Bana has been nesting in a quiet corner of the enclosure where she can nurture her infant. The baby is nursing regularly and demonstrating positive behaviors like reaching and gripping tightly."
In the release, zoo officials said that the first few weeks of life are "critical" in the survival of baby gorillas.
The new infant joins a troop of six gorillas at the zoo, which said that the new baby can be seen at its Regenstein Center for African Apes starting Wednesday at 11 a.m. The center is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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