Jacksonville Zoo celebrates birth of baby gorilla

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Florida is going bananas over the recent birth of an endangered gorilla.

The baby girl, who weighs just under five pounds, was born at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens last week. 

She does not yet have a name.

Her mother is a 22-year-old Western Lowland gorilla named Kumbuka.

Unfortunately, zookeepers had to separate her from the baby after determining she was carrying her improperly. Similar behavior led to the loss of Kumbuka’s previous offspring at another zoo.

Kumbuka’s is deaf in both ears and staff members say that be preventing her from detecting when her youngsters are in distress.

Right now, the gorilla is watching and learning as zoo keepers provide 24-hour care for her infant.

Kumbuka can see and smell the baby but will remain separated from her for another four months.

Once the baby is strong enough, she can hopefully be reunited with her mom.

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