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Baby Gorilla in Prague Surprises Zookeepers Who Thought Mom Just Fat

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 Apr 2016 11:45 AM

The Prague zoo welcomed a new baby gorilla after a surprise birth transpired on Saturday.

The baby’s mother, Shinda, wasn’t expected to have a baby after several miscarriages, and her pregnancy went unnoticed, The Associated Press reported.

“It seems that a miracle happens from time to time,” zoo director Miroslav Bobek said, according to the AP.

Mother and baby are both well, and visitors were able to see them Sunday. The newborn’s gender hasn’t been determined yet.

Not knowing of the pregnancy, zoo keepers said they thought the 24-year-old mother gorilla was just overweight, according to the BBC.

Shinda has in fact had her diet restricted in the past to control her weight, The Daily Mail reported. She has been at the zoo since 2003.

The zoo’s gorilla pavilion also includes a male silverback named Richard and a female named Bikira.

The exhibit has seen many events since the enclosure flooded in 2002, The Daily Mail noted. The Czech Republic’s first baby gorilla was born there in 2004. In 2006, state TV filmed a “reality show” featuring the gorillas there. In 2007, the birth of a baby gorilla was seen by tens of thousands via webcam.

The zoo posted photos of the newborn gorilla on Facebook shortly after its birth.





Twitter users were delighted by the surprise birth.





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