Endangered baby gorilla born at Chicago zoo dies

November 26, 2011
In this photo taken Nov. 18, 2011, provided by the Lincoln Park Zoo, Western Lowland Gorilla mother Bana hold her new her baby which was born on Nov. 16, 2011. The baby which has yet to be named joins a troop of seven Western Lowland Gorillas at the zoo. The newborn girl is the first of this critically endangered species to be born at the zoo since 2005. (AP Photo/ Lincoln Park Zoo, Todd Rosenberg)

(AP) -- A preliminary exam shows that an endangered baby gorilla born nine days ago at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo died of head trauma.

Zoo workers discovered the baby gorilla was dead Friday morning, as she was being carried around by her mother.

The zoo says workers allowed the mother, 16-year-old Bana, to keep the baby for several hours "to make peace with what happened." She was a first-time mother.

The cause of death was determined later in the day during a necropsy, the animal version of an .

The baby's father was a 22-year-old silverback gorilla named Kwan.

The baby was the first Western lowland gorilla born at the zoo since 2005. She had not been named.

In a statement, the says the baby appeared to be fully developed.

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Vendicar_Decarian
0.3 / 5 (39) Nov 26, 2011
Inadequate parenting is epidemic in America. Not just at the Zoo.

It is primarily the result of American style Capitalism which has forced women into the workplace in order to counter the falling earnings of the husband.

With both parent working, their children get raised by Violent TV shows, Violent Video games, or the drug dealer who supplies their habit.
Callippo
5 / 5 (2) Nov 26, 2011
You're confusing Americans with apes, Vendicar. They're much more clever.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.1 / 5 (37) Nov 26, 2011
Which are more clever? Apes or Americans?

Given the news coverage over the assaults and various idiocy which occurred yesterday on America's shopping day, I really don't see much of a difference.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.2 / 5 (38) Nov 26, 2011
God Bless America....

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