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English zoo welcomes baby gorilla

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 01:04

A new baby gorilla meets the public at Twycross Zoo. Gemma Haines reports.

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Only 10 days old and Twycross Zoo's newest member is already drawing a crowd. Weighing just under three pounds, the baby western lowland gorilla is being cared for by its mother, Ozala and first time dad, Oumbie. SOUNDBITE: Donna Marie Smithson, Twycross Zoo African Ape Keeper, saying (English) "This is Ozala's third baby, she's a great mum, but this is Oumbie's first so he's still finding his feet a bit but he's doing really well in the group now." The Zoo's Donna Marie Smithson says the protective parents have kept their baby close, and that staff have been unable to determine the newborn's sex. The infant gorilla, which is yet to be named, is one of only four baby apes at Twycross Zoo. They're all the result of a breeding program to help conserve the endangered species. SOUNDBITE: Donna Marie Smithson, Twycross Zoo African Ape Keeper, saying (English) "The western lowland gorilla is critically endangered and there's only a hundred thousand left in the wild so the population isn't great at all. So a little baby like this is great for the zoo." Great too, for the proud parents. Gemma Haines, Reuters.

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English zoo welcomes baby gorilla

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 01:04