5-pound-1-ounce gorilla born at San Francisco zoo

AP News
Posted: Jul 18, 2013 9:53 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A bouncing baby gorilla is the newest resident of the San Francisco Zoo.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/15LJmoJ ) the endangered western lowland gorilla was born at the zoo Wednesday.

Zoo president Tanya Peterson says it's a girl, and it appears healthy and active. It has yet to be named.

The 5-pound-1-ounce infant was born to mother Nneka, a 14-year-old gorilla, and father Oscar Jonesy, a 31-year-old, 330-pound silverback gorilla.

The newspaper says zookeepers will monitor the baby closely for the next few days to make sure Nneka takes to being a mother and that the rest of the zoo's six-gorilla troop supports her.

The gorilla preserve will be closed to the public for a few days.

Western lowland gorillas can weigh more than 400 pounds and often live 35 years.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com