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

Written by on April 26, 2016 in Critter Love - No comments

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.”

Shinda a její prvorozené mládě

Shinda je na své první mládě náležitě hrdá a je šťastná. Mládě je čiperné a vypadá to, že ke krmení má stejně pozitivní vztah jako jeho matka – čím více, tím lépe. 🙂

Posted by Zoo Praha on Monday, 25 April 2016

Photos Prague Zoo/Facebook

Please follow and like us:

About the Author

Recovering newspaper reporter.

Leave a Comment