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Daily Mirror - - 3AM WEEKEND -

A GORILLA called Mbeli ten­derly cra­dles her new­born son, a baby which may help keep this crit­i­cally en­dan­gered species alive.

The birth brought the num­ber of Western Low­land Go­ril­las at Taronga Zoo, in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, to seven.

The new­born will help en­sure against rapidly de­clin­ing num­bers of go­ril­las in Africa due to habi­tat destruc­tion, de­for­esta­tion, poach­ing and dis­ease.

Pri­mate keeper Alison Smith said: “Mbeli is a very re­laxed and con­fi­dent mother. In turn, the baby is get­ting stronger ev­ery day.”

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