A team of caretakers at the Bristol Zoo said The baby, now two months old but not yet named, did not get enough milk from his mother Kala to survive and will now be raised by hand for the next four months.
“Raising any animal by hand is not an easy decision for us because it is our desire to have an animal naturally raised by its mother,” said Lincy Buck, zookeeper at the zoo.
“Unfortunately, this does not always happen, in this case, we decided in the best interests of the baby gorilla.
Kala, the mother of the child, is said to be well adjusted and healthy.
Buck said that when the baby is away from his mother at night, the zoos will try to treat him like his gorilla mother, expecting him to hold them tight and give the gorilla a voice.
During the day, the baby will be at the Gorilla House in the zoo. If the animals can see, smell, touch and be close to him, the child will soon be able to bond with the group and be accepted as part of the family, the report said.
Zoos now have baby gorillas out of public view, but visitors can see other parts of the group.
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