Adorable! New mum gorilla cares for her baby in sweet snap!

Published Wednesday, Feb 18 2015, 18:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Check out this utterly adorable photo of a baby gorilla cuddling up to her mum – aww!

This little one was born on 6 February to 27-year-old mum, Mary, and it seems like both mother and baby are doing well.

Busch Gardens Tampa in Florida welcomed the as yet unnamed cutie and it's good news, as this is their third successful birth of an endangered western lowland gorilla.

Endangered gorilla born at Busch Gardens, Florida, 17/2/15

© Rex Features / Busch Gardens

Poaching and disease means that this type of gorilla has declined by a shocking 60 per cent in the last 20 years, so the arrival of this bundle of joy is extremely important.

Jeff Andrews, vice president of the zoological operations at the animal theme park, explained the first few weeks of this cutie's life are vital.

"The first month will be the critical period as the mother, Mary, and the infant begin to integrate into the current gorilla troop. So the animal care team will be monitoring their progress closely."

The birth was part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), which aims to manage and protect those species who are threatened or endangered.

So fingers crossed there will be plenty more!

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