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On November 4, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced the birth of a male gorilla, the first gorilla born at the zoo in its 139-year history.
The western lowland gorilla was born the morning of October 26 to mom Nneka (23) and dad Mokolo (34), the zoo said. When Nneka did not show appropriate maternal care, the gorilla troop’s eldest female, Fredrika or “Freddy” (47), who herself has raised four infants, instinctively took over maternal care of the newborn.
Over the past several days, Freddy has been bringing the newborn to be bottle-fed by Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s animal care team.
In the coming weeks, the zoo will reveal a public naming opportunity as well as a video series documenting the infant’s development and troop dynamic.
Video released by the zoo shows the baby gorilla. Credit: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo via Storyful