The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden welcomed this darling female Western lowland gorilla, born last weekend. Her mother did not appear to have mothering intincts or be bonded with her baby enough to satisfy the zookeepers, who stepped in to raise her. Zoo staff will care for the infant gorilla around the clock in a private area of the gorilla enclosure, with the intent to introduce her into the gorilla population at an optimal time in the future.
The Western lowland gorilla is native to central and western Africa. Due to commercial hunting for meat, habitat loss and disease, the species is presently critically endangered. Via 22 Words.