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Fan Fest Fuzzies: Kira Gives Birth

After being on giraffe watch for what seemed like forever, many of us in the Philadelphia area have been on gorilla watch. Living close to this zoo and knowing all the care that went into this birth makes me proud.  On Friday June 2nd, Kira the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla and Motuba the 32-year-old Silverback gorilla welcomed a family member. Kira did not have an easy labor. After having a prolonged labor of 24 hours, a team of human doctors helped aid the zoo veterinarians in delivering this adorable baby. Congratulations Kira and Motuba. I can not wait to see this precious baby in person!

Check out this video of the team work that went into delivering the baby gorilla.

Video may be a bit graphic for some.



Head over the the Philadelphia Zoo’s website to learn more about the gorilla family.

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