He said a team of rangers at Bristol Zoo The baby, who is now 2 months old but still unknown, is not getting enough milk from his mother, Kala, to survive and will now be raised manually for the next four months.
“Raising any animal by hand is not a decision we take lightly because we always prefer to raise an animal naturally by its mother,” said Lynsey Pugh, the zoo’s mammal curator.
“Unfortunately, this does not always happen and in this case we have decided that it is in the best interest of the baby gorilla to hand it over to raise it to ensure it has the best chance of survival.”
Kala, the baby’s mother, is said to adapt well and is healthy.
Pugh said that when the infant is away from his mother at night at an on-site residence, zookeepers will try to treat him as his mother gorilla does, expecting him to hold onto them tightly and make gorilla noises.
During the day, the baby will be at the Gorilla House at the Zoo. The statement said it was hoped that if the animals were able to see, smell, touch and be close to it, the infant would soon be able to bond with the group and accept it as part of the family.
Animal keepers are working to keep the baby gorillas out of public sight for now, but visitors can see the rest of the group.