- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A St. Paul zoo says two of its gorillas are pregnant and are expected to give birth in the next few months.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (https://bit.ly/1xk6VTZ ) the babies would be the first and second in the Como Park Zoo’s 55-year history of housing gorillas. They would boost the zoo’s gorilla population from seven to nine.

Primate specialists say 12-year-old Alice will give birth sometime between Oct. 18 and Dec. 12. They say 11-year-old Dara is due between Dec. 18 and Feb 1.

The father of both babies is 28-year-old Schroeder. A 26-year-old female gorilla is expected to show the mothers how to care for the babies.

The babies likely won’t appear in public for about six weeks after birth.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, https://www.twincities.com

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