Video: Mandara and baby enjoy the warm winter weather! - 849

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Update: The NZ announced on 2-4-09 that she's a baby girl!

Our weather today got up to 59 (!) degrees so the keepers let the gorillas into the outside yard...Mandara and her 3 week old baby were one of the first ones at the door! Their attentive keepers threw them carrot and broccoli pieces for them to forage throughout the yard. There was still some remaining ice and snow on the ground that the gorilla boys, Kwame and Kojo, liked to eat and throw up in the air and at each other. In fact, all the gorillas and orangs seemed to like picking up the ice pieces and eating them.

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The National Zoo announced today that its three-week-old baby gorilla is a female. In a recent interview with DCist, the Zoo's Associate Director for Animal Care, Don Moore, explained why it can often take a long time to determine the sex of a baby gorilla, and ventured that due to the baby's lineage, it would be more important if it turned out to be a female than a male, so this is apparenly good gorilla genetic news! The baby was born on January 10 to 26-year-old mom Mandara and 16-year-old dad silverback Baraka.

dcist.com/2009/02/national_zoos_baby_gorilla_is_a_gir.php

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Thanks to jdbartross!

Cynthia Longo, ucumari, TAIwiffic, and 1 other people added this video to their favorites.

  1. Cynthia Longo 63 months ago | reply

    Aaaaw! I figured they would be out today but I couldn't resist the Chinese parade. Hopefully I will get to see the family again this weekend. I am glad they had a fun day outdoors! (and you spelled Orangs as "organs"). :-p

  2. saulesmeit 63 months ago | reply

    Sounds like everyone had a lot of fun! Glad you got to see them out in the sunshine. Lo0vely capture!
    Yesterday it was very cold and windy, and I had enough by 11:30am!

  3. RoxandaBear 63 months ago | reply

    corrected...thanks!!

  4. Ann's wild animals 63 months ago | reply

    This is great , thanks for sharing Roxanne !

  5. J. Young Photos (ajay 77*) 63 months ago | reply

    Wonderful video and so clear w/o that horrible glass! I wish it was longer!!! They are so adorable together!

  6. Carol ~ CAP 63 months ago | reply

    Awww, baby's first day out. I'm glad you were there to capture it.

  7. ucumari 63 months ago | reply

    Awww, love seeing Mom and baby!

  8. trumpetmom30312 63 months ago | reply

    So sweet..it's amazing how tender the moms are with those tiny babies. Precious video, thanks for sharing!

  9. nasieku [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

    Great videos! The baby is growing and looking good! Nice they could be outside for a while!

  10. ♥ Nadia ♥ 63 months ago | reply

    Very cool video...so sweety mum.........

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