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WATCH: Adorable newborn endangered baby gorilla melts netizens' hearts.

Philadelphia Zoo welcomed a new addition to the family: a western lowland gorilla baby born to Kira, the Zoo's 17-year-old female and 32-year old silverback, Motuba, on Friday, June 2nd. After prolonged labor, human doctors were called to aid zoo veterinarians and perform an assisted delivery with forceps - a rare occurrence when delivering a gorilla baby. Learn more about the expert team of doctors and this extraordinary delivery.

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The Philadelphia Zoo family recently got bigger with the addition of a newborn baby gorilla from one of their resident western lowland gorillas named Kira.

Seventeen year-old Kira gave birth to a bouncing baby boy gorilla on June 2. Her delivery was assisted by a team of professionals including veterinarians, an ob-gyn, surgeons, anesthesiologists and more. Each of these medical professionals came from esteemed institutions such as University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Penn Medicine, Presbyterian Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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After 1.5 hours, Kira finally gave birth to a 5-pound baby. It's father is the zoo's 32-year old silverback named Motuba.

As for the baby's name, Philadelphia Zoo is planning to work with the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center before choosing one. For the time being, the baby is being taken cared of by his mother Kira, with father Motuba close by to stand guard.

Western lowland gorillas are considered to be a critically endangered species. However, the World Wildlife Fund is unable to accurately determine an exact count of the remaining gorillas due to them being too spread out and given their elusive nature.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Jun 8, 2017
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