Baby gorilla born at Dublin Zoo

Wednesday 30 March 2011 22.42
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Baby gorilla born on Sunday Photos: Conor Healy
Baby gorilla born on Sunday Photos: Conor Healy
Lena was keeping the baby close to her
Lena was keeping the baby close to her
This is Lena's fifth baby
This is Lena's fifth baby
The baby gorilla has yet to be named
The baby gorilla has yet to be named
Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered in the wild
Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered in the wild
The Zoo says the youngster is doing well
The Zoo says the youngster is doing well

A western lowland gorilla has been born at Dublin Zoo, it announced today.

The baby was born at 4.15pm on Sunday and weighs only 1.81kg.

So far keepers are unable to tell if it is a boy or a girl because its mother, Lena, is keeping the baby close to her chest.

Dublin Zoo says it is 'delighted' with the baby gorilla's arrival, describing it as 'a great success for the European breeding programme for these critically endangered primates'.

The team leader responsible for the gorillas, Ciaran McMahon, 'The youngster is doing very well, within minutes the baby was feeding from mum Lena which is a very good sign. We can tell that the infant is strong because there are a lot of head movements.'