Officials at the Central Park Zoo in New York were astonished when their seven-year-old Gorilla, Lulu, gave birth on Monday (11 Sept) -- they had not realised Lulu was pregnant.
SV & CU (Mummy gorilla) holding baby (2 shots)
SV Lulu in cage holding baby
CU PAN FROM Organgutang in next cage TO Lulu
CU Lulu lays down clutching baby
SCU Keeper interviewed
CU Lulu holding baby
REPORTER: "How does Lulu feel about all this?
KEEPER: Oh, very happy...like a real mother...proud. She enjoys it, picks the baby up, she kisses it, she has a big smile on her face -- she's got real happiness in he eyes as you can see.
REPORTER: She's very protective."
KEEPER: Oh yes, but very free too. Very gentle and I can open the cage, clean the cage, and she'll give me a kiss...um...any other keeper here...very gentle - and you can take a look yourself, and see her look - that's happiness."
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Background: Officials at the Central Park Zoo in New York were astonished when their seven-year-old Gorilla, Lulu, gave birth on Monday (11 Sept) -- they had not realised Lulu was pregnant.
They called the new arrival Sunny Jim, until closer inspection showed it was a girl. It's the first baby gorilla to be born in the New York area, and the proud mother is delighting in shown he baby off to photographers and members of the public.