A baby gorilla whose arrival on Father’s Day was heralded as Zoo Miami’s “most significant birth of the year” was found dead Friday morning.
The gorilla, the second offspring of mother Kumbuka, apparently passed away overnight. Zoo officials discovered the body early Friday. It was so young that zoo staff had not been able to establish its gender.
Gorillas tend to be protective of their young, and zoo officials had to temporarily immobilize Kumbuka before they could take custody of the body, said spokeswoman Lauren Vandenberg.
Nikon Miami had posted a couple photos (including this one) of the baby gorilla just 2 days after it was born.
-via The Miami Herald