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PHOTOS Massachusetts Zoo Welcomes 4 Baby Animals In October

Baby gorilla with mom Photo Credit: New England Zoo
Baby gorilla born Oct. 4 Photo Credit: New England Zoo
Baby hippo and mom Photo Credit: New England Zoo
Baby hippo born in October Photo Credit: New England Zoo
Twin tapirs Photo Credit: New England Zoo
Tapir Photo Credit: New England Zoo

A Massachusetts zoo is welcoming the rare birth of a baby boy gorilla - and the birth of a pygmy hippo, and tapir twins.

This October the Franklin Park Zoo/Zoo New England in Franklin has announced four new baby animals all born there. The gorilla is the most recent addition. He was born on Oct. 14.

His mother, a 39-year-old gorilla named Kiki, delivered the baby via C-section, due to complications in the days before the baby was born.

Baby gorilla born Oct. 4

New England Zoo

The baby gorilla weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces at birth - a typical newborn gorilla weigh 3-5 pounds, the zoo said

In addition to zoo veterinarians, colleagues at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine assisted with the birth.

HIPPO

About a week before the gorilla baby was born, the Franklin Zoo welcomed a baby pygmy hippopotamus. On Oct. 3, his mother, Cleopatra, gave birth to the 13-pound boy calf at the zoo - the first pygmy hippo ever born at Zoo New England.

Baby hippo born in October

New England Zoo

The baby hippos birth was especially welcome news as the mother had delivered stillborn calves in 2018 and 2019.

TAPIRS

The twin Baird’s tapirs - which are deer-like animals -were born on Sept. 29 to mom Abby, zoo officials said.

Twins are extremely rare among tapirs. The mother had a boy and a girl. The twins are now being treated for health complications. On Oct. 6, zoo officials said the boy had contracted pneumonia.

Tapir Twins

New England Zoo

For more information on how to see the animals, visit the zoo's website.

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