Information on gorilla births - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Information on gorilla births

From the Louisville Zoo:

GORILLA BIRTH INFORMATION

· A gorilla's gestation period is about nine months, the same as a human's

· Labor can range anywhere from 20 minutes to 2.5 hours

· Gorilla babies usually weigh at least 4 pounds and are about the size of human babies

· Nursing usually occurs in first 24 hours

· The baby will begin eating solids at 2 months of age

· The mother may first put her baby down for extended times at 3 months of age

· The baby may begin weaning as early as 4 months of age

· A baby begins to crawl around away from mom and exploring at 4-5 months of age

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