Boy oh boy: Como Zoo welcomes first-ever gorilla baby, another on the way


It's a boy!

The Como Zoo welcomed the first of two baby gorillas on Wednesday, which is the first gorilla birth in the zoo's 55-year history of caring for gorillas.

The baby gorilla was born weighing about four pounds and the zoo said in a news release he appears healthy and strong. The baby is spending his time bonding with his mother, Alice. The 12-year-old gorilla is a first-time mother.

Here's some video of the two together:

Alice and her son are currently off exhibit. The zoo says it's giving them their space so they can bond and will only intervene if the health of the infant is compromised or the mother shows no motherly instinct.

“Gorillas are very family oriented,” Jo Kelly, senior zookeeper, said in the release. “Mom will let other family members see the baby and they will take their cues from mom as to how close they can be.”

The baby's father, who is also a first-time parent, is 29-year-old Schroeder. Schroeder will become a dad again in a few weeks when 11-year-old Dara is expected to give birth for the first time.

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Como Zoo welcomes a new baby gorilla to its troop

The mother, Alice, lost her previous child just days after the birth.