- A mother gorilla, Momma Kala, at Bristol Zoo Gardens in England, has given birth as it contributes to securing the future of its species
- Moments after the delivery, Momma Kala, was spotted cuddling its newborn in a manner that demonstrates motherly care
- Gorillas at the zoo are part of a breeding programme to save the animals from going into extinction
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Just like humans, animals also know how to tend to their young ones. The same can be said of a mother Gorilla who cuddled its newborn hours after it was born.
According to Good News Network, the infant was given birth to at Bristol Zoo Gardens in England, a good development to the endangered species.
Known as Momma Kala, the birth of its baby was said to have happened overnight as the daddy called Jock and other family members were some meters away.
The birth is an addition to the already six gorillas at the England zoo which are part of a breeding arrangement to ensure the future of the animals.
It should be noted that nine-year-old Momma Kala came in from Germany in 2018.
An official at the Bristol Zoo, Lynsey Bugg, said the baby was born in the early hours of Thursday, August 20.
“We are all thrilled. There is something very special about seeing a new-born baby gorilla, they are such an iconic and charismatic species.
“[Kala] is being very attentive and taking good care of her baby. It’s very early days but we are cautiously optimistic. The early signs are good and the baby looks to be a good size and is strong,” she said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that rare images of Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Mbe mountains were captured by conservationists.
The images are proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts.
It was gathered that John Oates who helped establish conservation efforts for the gorillas more than two decades ago was excited about the new images.
Oates, who is a professor emeritus at City University of New York and a primatologist, said: “It was great to see … evidence that these gorillas in these mountains are reproducing successfully because there have been so few images in the past.
“We know very little about what is going on with reproduction with this subspecies, so to see many young animals is a positive sign.”
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