I didn’t know I was pregnant, or at least my zookeepers didn’t

Nobody noticed that 24-year-old Shinda, a gorilla at the Prague Zoo, was pregnant. After a number miscarriages, zookeepers figured she always be childless.

But on Saturday morning, she surprised everyone and gave birth to a healthy baby.

The newborn gorilla at the Prague Zoo was arrived unexpectedly Saturday/Facebook
The newborn gorilla at the Prague Zoo was arrived unexpectedly Saturday/Facebook

 

“Miracles happen!” the zoo announced on Facebook. “Our female gorilla Shinda gave birth to her first baby.”

Shinda and her first baby/Prague Zoo/Facebook
Shinda and her first baby/Prague Zoo/Facebook

Her pregnancy remained hidden thanks to her appetite – and slightly pudgy appearance, zookeepers said.

Mother and baby photographed shortly after birth/Prague Zoo/Facebook
Mother and baby photographed shortly after birth/Prague Zoo/Facebook

The gender of the baby hasn’t been determined, but so far, it appears to be thriving and is perfectly healthy.

“Shinda is very happy mother,” the zoo said. “And we all are happy with her!”

“I do not want to jinx it,” the zoo’s director Miroslav Bobek wrote. “but it seems that here and there, a miracle really can happen.”

https://www.facebook.com/zoopraha/videos/10153355253987581/

Photos Prague Zoo/Facebook

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