Baby go­rilla born at the Los Angeles Zoo is a girl

Antelope Valley Press - - OPINION -

LOS ANGELES (AP) —

It’s a girl.

The Los Angeles Zoo an­nounced Mon­day that its staff have determined the sex of a Western low­land go­rilla that was born on Jan. 18.

The baby had spent three weeks “bond­ing and cling­ing tightly to her mother,” a zoo state­ment said.

The baby, who doesn’t yet have a name, is the first go­rilla born at the zoo in more than 20 years. She’s the first child for 25-year-old N’djia (en-JEE’-uh), who came to the zoo in 2018 from the San Diego Zoo as part of a breed­ing project. The fa­ther is a 32-year-old named Kelly.

Western low­land go­ril­las are con­sid­ered crit­i­cally en­dan­gered be­cause of poach­ing, dis­eases and habi­tat loss.

“Ev­ery birth is a cel­e­bra­tion, both in zoos and in the wild,” said Can­dace

Scli­menti, cu­ra­tor of mam­mals at the L.A. Zoo. “We are thrilled about this baby be­cause she will pro­vide ad­di­tional at­ten­tion to this crit­i­cally en­dan­gered species.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

This Fri­day photo shows fe­male Western Low­land Go­rilla, N’djia, and her new­born baby rest in their en­clo­sure at the Los Angeles Zoo in Los Angeles.

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