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New Baby Gorilla at Smithsonian’s National Zoo Is a Girl

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From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo this afternoon:

IT’S A GIRL! – The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is pleased to announce that its three-week-old baby gorilla is a female.

The baby was born on January 10 to 26-year-old mom Mandara and 16-year-old dad Baraka.

Mandara is again proving herself to be an exemplary mother, and is caring for her baby with great confidence and tenderness.

Thus far, Mandara and her baby girl are adapting to their new lives as Zoo celebrities and seem to be unfazed by the attention they’re receiving from the crowds of visitors flocking to the Great Ape House.

Soon, Mandara will be transporting the baby on her back.

The baby’s name will be determined in the coming weeks.

Photo Credit: Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

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