Berlin Zoo celebrates birth of first gorilla born in 16 years

Posted at 1:10 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 13:10:12-05

BERLIN, Germany — Berlin Zoo is celebrating the first gorilla born in 16 years.

In a video released by zoo keepers 8 days after the ape's birth, the baby appeared happy and at ease.

The newborn was born to 24-year-old first time mom 'Bibi' and her 16-year-old partner Sango, the zoo said.

The baby gorilla remains without a name until its sex can be determined.

During the current coronavirus pandemic, not even keepers or veterinarians will go close to the little primate.

In January, as many as 8 gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park were presumed to have contracted COVID-19 from a human handler.

The coronavirus has also been found in a number of other wild animals, including several lions and tigers at the Bronx Zoo in New York and four lions at the Barcelona Zoo in Spain.

Berlin Zoo's indoor houses are currently closed to visitors.