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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Loving hug for the new arrival

After tragedy, there was joy in the gorilla enclosure at London Zoo with the arrival of a new baby -- the first to be born there in 20 years.

And now staff are starting the delicate process of introducing the as yet unnamed male to the head of the family -- hulking Kesho.

The newborn western lowland gorilla was born to mother Mjukuu (12) on Tuesday.

His father, Yeboah, died at the zoo in March after arriving in November 2009.

Yeboah was the second male gorilla to die at the zoo after Bobby, a 25-year-old silverback, died in December 2008.

Staff at the zoo began the "sensitive" process of introducing the baby gorilla to his stepfather, 11-year-old Kesho.

Visitors to the Gorilla Kingdom attraction were told they may have to wait to see the new baby because of the delicate introduction process.

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