San Francisco Zoo Welcomes Baby Gorilla

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — A bouncing baby gorilla is the newest resident of the San Francisco Zoo.

The endangered western lowland gorilla was born at the zoo Wednesday.

Zoo president Tanya Peterson said it’s a girl, and it appears healthy and active. It has yet to be named.

The 5-pound-1-ounce infant was born to mother Nneka, a 14-year-old gorilla, and father Oscar Jonesy, a 31-year-old, 330-pound silverback gorilla.

Zookeepers will monitor the baby closely for the next few days to make sure Nneka takes to being a mother and that the rest of the zoo’s six-gorilla troop supports her.

The gorilla preserve will be closed to the public for a few days.

Western lowland gorillas can weigh more than 400 pounds and often live 35 years.

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