Shocking Twist At Columbus Zoo: Gorilla Considered To Be Male Gives Birth To A Baby Girl

Shocking Twist At Columbus Zoo: Gorilla Considered To Be Male Gives Birth To A Baby Girl

Beyond every one’s belief, a Gorilla considered to be a male gave birth to a baby girl. How strange it is to hear!! Let’s know the whole story. 

This story is associated with the Columbus Zoo, Ohio, United States, where zoo officials were stunned when a Gorilla, they believed for four years to be male, gave birth to a baby girl gorilla. 

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Sully, the parent gorilla, has been living at the zoo since 2019 and he was not born there. Sully’s previous caretaker maintained a hands-off approach and that might be the reason for her recognition as a male. Furthermore, when she arrived at the zoo, she was a healthy animal and didn’t require any medical procedures, otherwise, this discovery would have been made sooner. 

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Shocking Twist At Columbus Zoo: Gorilla Considered To Be Male Gives Birth To A Baby Girl

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He was believed to be a boy until the gorilla care team at the zoo discovered her holding the unexpected baby gorilla in her arms. The other reason for their astonishment was- Sully didn’t show any outward signs of pregnancy and had never required medical care that used immobilization. In addition, all young gorillas look the same, so they couldn’t define Sully’s sex.  

However, male gorillas have bigger appearances, silverbacks, and head bumps, but at the age of 12. Until the age of 8, it is difficult to tell the sex of a gorilla because they don’t have prominent sex organs. 

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The zoo officials announced on Facebook that they had an adorable surprise for all as their gorilla family has become a little bigger with the birth of a baby girl. They also wrote that another remarkable part is that this birth was given by a gorilla who was believed to be a male and a female gorilla. 

Shocking Twist At Columbus Zoo: Gorilla Considered To Be Male Gives Birth To A Baby Girl

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According to the reports, the infant appears to be a healthy female. The vets have not approached them yet, giving them enough time to bond with one another. But they will conduct an examination soon to prevent them from further health issues. 

They are not sure about the father of the newborn, so a DNA test will be performed later to determine who is the father of the baby gorilla.

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Protecting Endangered Gorillas

In 1956, the Columbus Zoo became the first zoo in the world to welcome a baby gorilla. For 70 years, this zoo had continued to make significant contributions to the conservation of gorillas. With the birth of this newborn, the zoo has marked the 34th gorilla born at the wildlife facility.

This news spread light on the importance of preserving these magnificent animals and their habitat. 

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