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.

Next Up

Gopher Hockey

Watch: No-call lifts Gophers to OT victory over St. Cloud State

A blatant hook marred a top-four battle in St. Cloud.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Driver killed after crashing into parked semi-trailer

The crash occurred on the 5800 block of University Avenue Northeast.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings-Panthers: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings will look to open things up in Carolina.

Tanner Morgan/Gopher Football

Morgan's resurgence, Nebraska's miscues help Gophers hold on

The Gophers quarterback threw a pair of touchdowns in a 30-23 victory.

Tina Smith

Sen. Tina Smith warns Dems she may not vote for budget bill if climate plan dropped

This comes amid a White House effort to get its "Build Back Better" plan passed.

Pixabay - emergency room ambulance hospital

St. Paul man dies six days after crash on I-94

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the man as David Rodney Hardaway.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Double murder in northeastern Minnesota, suspect kills himself after chase

The suspect died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

chaska school fight

Anti-masker involved in school board meeting fight charged with assault

It happened last month at an Eastern Carver County Schools hearing.

Marcus Foligno

Marcus Foligno throws hands, scores game-winning goal in Wild's opener

The Wild forward scored with 7.2 seconds left to beat Anaheim.


Como Zoo welcomes a new baby gorilla to its troop

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