The Fort Worth Zoo is celebrating its first-ever western lowland gorilla birth.
The baby ape, which has yet to be named, was born Saturday and weighs about five pounds, zoo spokeswoman Alexis Wilson said. On Wednesday, when the zoo announced its birth, he was still clinging to mom Gracie.
“They develop very much like human babies, gaining weight the same way a human would,” Wilson said.
The baby’s father, Elmo, 25, has been at the Fort Worth Zoo since 1993. Gracie, 16, arrived last year from Oklahoma City.
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After a “highly successful introduction,” their baby was conceived in the spring, Wilson said.
“In this case, he’ll be with us for a number of years,” Wilson said. “We don’t know if he’ll ever leave.”
Western lowland gorillas are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because of hunting and disease. They’ve been documented to live into their 50s, and can live longer in managed populations.
Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684, @RyanOsborneFWST