This story takes place at the Dublin Zoo. Earlier this month, the zoo welcomed a brand new baby western lowland gorilla into the world. Now, we finally get to see the photos and they are as touching as can be. Kafi the gorilla has never had a baby before. It shows in her facial expression. She is beyond happy to have a little one to call her own.
The zoo is now sharing photos on their social media accounts and these pictures are giving us life! The keepers of the mother gorilla have yet to determine the sex of the child. Kafi wants to spend all of her time with the baby and the handlers do not wish to disturb her at this time. As for the newborn baby, they seem to be quite all right with that.
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⭐Baby Gorilla Alert⭐ Dublin Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a baby western lowland gorilla, born to first-time mother Kafi and father Bangui! On 1st April, after a gestation period of around 8-and-a-half months, Kafi gave birth to the healthy infant weighing approximately 2-2.5kg. To date, keepers at Dublin Zoo have been unable to determine the gender of the infant as Kafi has been keeping the baby close to her chest since the birth. The newborn is the first offspring of Bangui since his arrival at Dublin Zoo last year #dublin #dublinzoo #gorilla #babygorilla #westernlowlandgorilla #silverback #conservation #sierraleone #discoverdublin #failteireland #ireland
The pictures are absolutely priceless. These two are clearly head over heels for each other. Just look at how contented this baby appears to be. We hope that we get to see lots and lots of photos of these two over the course of their lives. The handlers also say that Kafi is a great mother. James Creighton has said that she is “doing everything right”.
Bangui is the child’s father and he is doing everything in his power to help out. He’s an attentive parent who spends his nights close to Kafi. There is also video to share. Kafi loves to wrap her child up in a blanket and take them outside. Since she was raised by humans, this is a natural instinct for her. She loves her blanket and it serves as a source of comfort.
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⚡️BABY GORILLA UPDATE⚡️ Dublin Zoo’s newest resident, a baby western lowland gorilla, has been busy experiencing the Gorilla Rainforest for the first time this week! Mum Kafi and baby are both going from strength to strength and the rest of the troop are excited to welcome a new member to their troop???????????????????? The sex of the baby is still to be determined; it may be a number of weeks before Kafi lets her baby go for a check-up. In the coming weeks, there will be a competition to name the little one???? Western lowland gorillas originate from the dense rainforests of Central Africa and are classed as critically endangered in the wild. The numbers of these primates living in the wild is expected to fall by over 80% between 1980 and 2046 as deforestation, commercial hunting and a highly contagious virus called Ebola threaten their survival. ????Brian Lawless @pa #dublin #discoverdublin #dublinzoo #gorilla #babygorilla #westernlowlandgorilla #conservation #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nationalgeographic #natgeo
These two are adorable but there are other reasons to be happy about the birth of this baby gorilla. Did you know that the western lowland gorilla has become critically endangered? That makes stories like this one incredibly important. Thanks to the efforts of these handlers, we hope to live in a world where these gorillas are no longer in danger.
Posted by Dublin Zoo on Friday, April 12, 2019
No one knows what the exact population is at this time. Central Africa is their home and this is a swampy location, making it difficult for researchers to know where to find the current population. Some believe that there are only 100,000 gorillas in existence. This baby is the 11th to be born at this zoo’s captive breeding facilities. We wish Kafi and her little one all of the best going forward!