Louisville Zoo’s orphaned baby meeting other gorillas

Louisville Zoo
The zoo said Malaika suffered from musculoskeletal problems

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A new baby gorilla, whose mother died after delivery, is starting to get acclimated to other gorillas.

The Courier-Journal reports the nearly 3-week-old baby girl is now in the Louisville Zoo’s Gorilla Forest.

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Zoo staff says the infant has a room with a view of other gorillas. She can also hear and smell them from her new abode. The nine adult gorillas can visit with the baby via a steel mesh door.

A post on the zoo blog says that on a recent night Cecil, Kicho, Bengati and Jelani all took turns coming to the door to check her out. Jelani kept returning for visits and also wanted to see the video the zoo is recording of the baby.

The zoo is considering a contest to name her.


Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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