- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Louisville Zoo announced that gorilla Mia Moja is pregnant and expected to deliver a healthy baby in May.

The gestation period for gorillas is 8.5 months. The newborn will weigh about four pounds.

The Louisville Zoo on Thursday wrote that like pregnant humans, pregnant gorillas experience a change in their tastes. During her first trimester, Mia Moja would drink only grape juice, refusing apple, cranberry or orange. The 27-year-old mother takes prenatal vitamins and undergoes weekly ultrasounds to track the baby’s development.

It will be her second baby. She gave birth to Misha in 2010.

The baby will be the zoo’s 11th gorilla. Western lowland gorillas are considered critically endangered and her pregnancy is part of a breeding recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan.


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