Zoo finds surrogate mother for baby gorilla

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Kindi, the baby gorilla at the Louisville Zoo, has found  a surrogate mother after her birth mother, Mia Moja, passed away during childbirth.

A 32-year-old gorilla named Kweli has stepped in to care for the baby.

"Originally we tried with Paki, one of the other gorillas and turned out, she wanted to be more of an aunt than a mom. Paki was the dominant animal in the group, so we expected it to be her, but Kweli was just waiting and she really took on that role and is doing an excellent job being a mother to our baby gorilla,” Jill Katka of the Louisville Zoo said.

The success means Kindi will thrive as a gorilla and will get to stay in Louisville because she found a surrogate here.


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