Baby Gorilla

This Friday photo shows female Western Lowland Gorilla, N’djia, and her newborn baby rest in their enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a girl.

The Los Angeles Zoo announced Monday that its staff have determined the sex of a Western lowland gorilla that was born on Jan. 18.

The baby had spent three weeks “bonding and clinging tightly to her mother,” a zoo statement said.

The baby, who doesn’t yet have a name, is the first gorilla born at the zoo in more than 20 years. She’s the first child for 25-year-old N’djia (en-JEE’-uh), who came to the zoo in 2018 from the San Diego Zoo as part of a breeding project. The father is a 32-year-old named Kelly.

Western lowland gorillas are considered critically endangered because of poaching, diseases and habitat loss.

“Every birth is a celebration, both in zoos and in the wild,” said Candace Sclimenti, curator of mammals at the L.A. Zoo. “We are thrilled about this baby because she will provide additional attention to this critically endangered species.”

(1) comment

Bill

How presumptious of the LA Zoo to declare the baby gorilla is a girl. The audacity to of using pronouns like she or her! Don't they know there are infinite genders and how oh how can the little one know hers (oops-sorry for the offense)

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