SF Zoo Plans to Bond Gorilla with Mom

December 10, 2008 10:38:58 PM PST
The San Francisco Zoo is showing off its first gorilla born there in a decade.

The little baby boy gorilla was born Monday morning at 11:30 a.m. The gorilla's mother, Monifa, has since left the baby unattended, so a primate veterinary team is now working to make sure the infant gets the care he needs.

"It's a critical time for the infant and we are having to make hard decisions," said Jacqueline Jencek, DVM, chief of veterinary services at the San Francisco Zoo. "Mom was moving as far away as possible from the nest and was avoiding any eye contact, so it was clear that she wasn't up for motherhood and that we were going to need to step in and help her along."

The veterinary team is going to anesthetize the mother, place the baby on her chest, and hope they'll bond when she wakes up.

The zoo has not yet named their newest member.


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