A baby gorilla born Feb. 6 at the Louisville Zoo is female, the zoo announced Friday after zookeepers were able to get close enough to be sure.
"She is doing great," said zoo spokeswoman Kara Bussabarger. "Mom, Mia, is cuddling her, and baby is clinging to mom. It took a while for keepers to get a few good looks to determine the gender."
The baby was born to the zoo's 20-year-old western lowland gorilla Mia Moja. Her father is 22-year-old silverback Mshindi. The baby is Mshindi's first offspring and Mia Moja's second.
The zoo will soon announce details of a contest to name the baby, Bussabarger said.
This is first gorilla to be born in North America this year and the second to be born at the Louisville Zoo in its 41-year history, Bussabarger said. The first was a male named Azizi, born to Makari on Dec. 4, 2003.
Western lowland gorillas are an endangered species. The zoo bred Mia Moja as part of a recommendation from the Gorilla Species Survival Plan, which encourages a healthy gorilla population in captivity.