Gorilla gives birth in British zoo

May 24, 2005 at 9:23 PM
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BRISTOL, England, May 24 (UPI) -- The gorilla at England's Bristol Zoo who underwent a landmark cataract operation has given birth to a baby, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Romina, a rare Western lowland gorilla, previously underwent two operations to restore her sight after being born blind. She was the first adult gorilla to undergo such treatment in Europe.

Zookeepers said the new baby, estimated to weigh about two pounds, is healthy and doing well.

However, her keepers said it would be several days before the 25-year-old new mom will allow them to get close enough to the baby to identify the newborn's sex.

Romina was brought to Bristol in 2001 as part of an international breeding program. She was paired with Jock, a 22-year-old silverback.

Western lowland gorillas have been endangered in West Africa by loss of their habitat and hunting by man.

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