A baby gorilla has been born at Dublin Zoo and the photos are incredibly cute.
Dublin Zoo announced the arrival of the new western lowland gorilla today, though it was actually born earlier this month.
First-time mother Kafi and father Bangui welcomed the newborn on April 1, weighing around 2kg.
It’s still not known if it’s a boy or a girl, as Kafi has been holding the baby so close to her chest since the birth.
Father Bangui arrived at Dublin Zoo last year and was soon accepted as the new alpha-male of the troop, following the death of long-time alpha male ‘silverback’ Harry.
Helen Clarke-Bennett, Team Leader of the African Plains at the zoo, said, “Kafi is doing a fantastic job so far as a first-time mother, keeping the young baby physically close in these crucial early stages.
“Bangui is proving to be an attentive father and at night has been sleeping close to Kafi and the baby.
“Kafi seems comfortable and at ease and we expect her to mix with the rest of the gorilla troop very soon.
“Since she arrived with us back in 2012, Kafi has witnessed other female gorillas give birth and raise their young which has been a huge help in teaching Kafi how to look after her own baby.
“This new birth is a great step forward for this critically endangered species.”