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Photos & Video: Lincoln Park Zoo Welcomes Newborn Gorilla

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 17, 2012 1:40PM

The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed a new baby gorilla last Thursday, one of the critically endangered Western lowland gorillas native to central Africa. The baby's sex has not been determined, as it is sticking close to its mother Bana, 17. The zoo says father Kwan has been watchful over the two, and the other gorillas in the group have kept their distance. This is the zoo's 51st gorilla birth.

“Bana has been nesting in a quiet corner of the enclosure where she can nurture her infant,” said Maureen Leahy, Curator of Primates at Lincoln Park Zoo. “The baby is nursing regularly and demonstrating positive behaviors like reaching and gripping tightly.”

Yes, they are on display at the zoo. Until then, watch the video below and enjoy these precious photos.