On Monday, January 11, the Calgary Zoo announced that they will be welcoming a brand new baby gorilla this spring.
The zoo's 12-year-old western lowland gorilla, Yewande, is expecting her first baby and the zoo's announcement even included a sonogram.
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The due date is in early May and this is a first for both the mother and the father.
“We are cautiously optimistic as this is Yewande’s first baby,” said Jamie Dorgan, the zoo's director of animal care.
“This marks the first gorilla baby in the troop since Kimani’s birth in 2016 and the Calgary Zoo’s new male silverback, Jasiri’s, first offspring.”
Yewande will receive "extensive training" so she is ready and comfortable once the baby is born.
The zoo said in a post on Instagram that there are still a number of challenges ahead to ensure the gorilla is able to deliver a healthy baby.
If all goes to plan, the official baby watch will kick off in April so we can all get a behind the scenes look. If it's anything like the zoo's penguin baby, we might get to help name it!