PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has welcomed yet another new addition to their family.
Zoo officials say a baby gorilla was born last Thursday and is now drawing a lot of attention at the Tropical Rainforest exhibit. It’s the first gorilla born at the zoo since 2001.
Officials say keepers are keeping a close eye on the new baby and his mom, Moka. She is a first-time mom who came to the Pittsburgh Zoo in 2007.
Moka was born at the Miami Zoo.
According to zoo officials, the baby’s father, Mrithi, was the very first gorilla born at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
Roseann Giambro, the gorilla keeper at the Pittsburgh Zoo, said in a press release: “The rest of the gorilla troop has been curious but respectful. They will take their cues from mom who will let them know when she is comfortable with them being close to her baby.”
Officials say western lowland gorillas are endangered.