Louisville Zoo expecting birth of baby gorilla in May - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Louisville Zoo expecting birth of baby gorilla in May

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Zoo is expecting a new addition.

"The Louisville Zoo is happy to announce that gorillas Mia Moja and Mshindi are expecting," a press release from the Zoo states. 

The baby is due to arrive by May 2016.

"Like a pregnant human, Mia's tastes changed a bit," the news release states. "In her first trimester, she would only drink her grape juice and no other juices. Once through the first trimester, she returned to drinking the full range of juices: grape, apple, cranberry and orange. Keepers have added prenatal vitamins to her usual diet of vegetables and fruit."

According to the Zoo, gestation for a gorilla is 8.5 months. Once born, gorilla babies cling to their mothers throughout the day. Baby gorillas develop rapidly, but the mother will continue to care for her young for four years.

The baby will be the third gorilla born at the Louisville Zoo since it opened the Gorilla Forest exhibit in 2002.

After the baby is born, the Louisville Zoo expects to hold a naming contest. 

Click HERE to keep up to date on the baby's progress.

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