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Aug 15, 2012 4:28 PM by Andy Koen

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announces new baby gorilla

Meet the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's newest baby gorilla! The western lowland gorilla baby was born Tuesday morning to mom Asha (19 years old) and dad Rafiki (28 years old).

Zoo policy restricts keepers from separating new moms from their babies unless it is a medical emergency. So, zoo staffer don't know yet if it's a boy or a girl. The baby was born in the gorilla exhibit, meaning the public can see both mom and baby during visits.

Animal Care Manager Dina Bredahl says both are healthy and doing well. The baby is Asha's second and will be a little brother or little sister to 5-year-old Tumani. Following zoo tradition, the baby won't be named for another month.

Brendahl says the zoo staff are thrilled with the new addition. Asha's pregnancy was a happy surprise because she had one of her ovaries removed during an appendix-related surgery.  The new addition brings the zoo's gorilla population to seven.

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