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Brazil: This baby gorilla is the first to be born in captivity in South America00:51

Brazil: This baby gorilla is the first to be born in captivity in South America

Brazil, Belo Horizonte
August 8, 2014 at 23:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Visitors caught a glimpse of Belo Horizonte zoo's newcomer on Thursday, the first gorilla to be born in captivity in South America.

The baby gorilla was born on Tuesday in the capital of Brazil's Minas Gerais state. The animal has not yet been named as zookeepers have yet to work out its gender, baby gorillas tending to cling to their mothers for the first few months of their lives. The baby's father, 16-year-old Leon, who weighs 180 kilos (28 stone) came to Belo Horizonte in 2013 from the Loro Parque Zoo in Spain. Lou Lou, the baby's mother, arrived at a similar time from the Howletts Wild Animal Park in Britain, weighing just under 69 kilos (10 stone).

Ten-year-old Lou Lou and her baby will continue to stay with Leon and another female gorilla, 14-year-old Imbi. Imbi has also been impregnated by Leon, the sole male gorilla in South America, and is expected to give birth sometime in October.

Brazil: This baby gorilla is the first to be born in captivity in South America00:51
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Visitors caught a glimpse of Belo Horizonte zoo's newcomer on Thursday, the first gorilla to be born in captivity in South America.

The baby gorilla was born on Tuesday in the capital of Brazil's Minas Gerais state. The animal has not yet been named as zookeepers have yet to work out its gender, baby gorillas tending to cling to their mothers for the first few months of their lives. The baby's father, 16-year-old Leon, who weighs 180 kilos (28 stone) came to Belo Horizonte in 2013 from the Loro Parque Zoo in Spain. Lou Lou, the baby's mother, arrived at a similar time from the Howletts Wild Animal Park in Britain, weighing just under 69 kilos (10 stone).

Ten-year-old Lou Lou and her baby will continue to stay with Leon and another female gorilla, 14-year-old Imbi. Imbi has also been impregnated by Leon, the sole male gorilla in South America, and is expected to give birth sometime in October.

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