VIDEO: Watch the Louisville Zoo's baby gorilla bottle feed and cuddle
"Our newest addition is doing well," The Zoo said in a statement sent out Friday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After the gorilla who gave birth to a newborn died of complications recently, the Zoo is having to make up for the loss of the baby's mother.
Bottle feeding and cuddling are important parts of the newborn's care that seem easy enough, but they need to be comfortable for the baby.
"Our newest addition is doing well," The Zoo said in a statement sent out Friday. "The gorilla care staff have continued their 24 hour holding and tending to the baby."
You can watch video of the baby in the player above.
Here's the Zoo's day 5 update:
She gets fed every two hours and has adjusted quite well to her daily bottle feeds. Gorilla staff wear a smock that is furry and offers the baby something to grip onto that would mimic gripping onto mom. Keepers walk around and rest with baby during their time to simulate the way mom would walk around going about her day as baby clings. Thermometers, temperature charts, Similac, feeding charts, a regular household lamp for night time light, a rocker and a heater decorate the room. The heater is kept at 80 degrees to keep the baby warm. Only keeper staff monitors and a select few are able to enter the room with the baby. All wear masks when doing so. The care staff meet daily to access her care. There is no timeline defined yet, but next steps will include moving the baby to Gorilla Forest to be cared for so that she can see and smell other gorillas. She will be in a safe and separate area with the keepers. She won’t go in with any gorillas yet, of course. The care staff continues to consult with the top experts in gorilla management and the AZA’s Species Survival Program to determine what is best for this little one.
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