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.'