Western lowland gorilla “Momoko” gave birth on Wednesday to a baby at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoological Gardens, zoo officials said on Thursday.
The 29-year-old mother is in stable condition, as well as her baby, whose sex is still unknown, according to the zoo’s spokesmen.
Momoko became a mother for the third time, but it is the first time when she gave birth amongst other gorillas and not alone, as she did so far. Giving birth in the company of other gorillas is a situation that imitates how primates are born in the wild.
Soon after the birth at just past 6 p.m. Wednesday, Momoko began holding the baby and looking after it, according to Kyodo news agency.
The western lowland gorilla is a primate species that lives in the western side of Africa and that is threatened with extinction.
Momoko was transferred to Ueno Zoo in 1999 from Chiba Zoological Park in the city of Chiba in order for her to breed. She gave birth to a male “Momotaro” in 2000 and then, after a period back in Chiba, to a female “Komomo” in 2009.