Baby gorilla

The female gorilla was born May 5. Zoo staff have had to help bottle-feed her every three hours.

A western lowland gorilla born May 5 will be unveiled Friday at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

The female is the first baby of 15-year-old Bambio. The baby’s father, 24-year-old Tambo, also is father to Kgosi, born in January 2017. This is the ninth gorilla birth at the zoo.

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Although Bambio has always been attentive while holding the baby, zoo officials said, the little gorilla was unable to successfully nurse from her. After 48 hours with no sign of nursing, animal care staff intervened.

The baby is being bottle-fed every three hours. To simulate Bambio, animal care staffers wear a hairy vest during feedings.

This is so the baby can learn how to hold on and nurse from her mother in the future.

Zoo visitors will be able to see the baby gorilla with animal care staff in a nursery area within Hubbard Gorilla Valley during regular zoo hours.

Western lowland gorillas live in the tropical forests of western Africa. A gorilla’s diet consists of large amounts of greens as well as some vegetables and fruits.

They are currently listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

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