Gorilla twin born in Frankfurt zoo dies, sibling doing well

2015-09-17 12:53
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Frankfurt (dpa) - One of the 2-day-old twins born to a gorilla in Frankfurt Zoo has died, the zoo's director said on Thursday.

The zoo is allowing mother Dian, 26, to continue to carry the dead infant around with her, waiting for her to give it up of her own accord.

"We are letting nature take its course," Manfred Niekisch said.

He added that the dead twin had been significantly smaller and weaker and had less hair than its more robust sibling, but that the precise cause of death was not yet clear.

"We are happy about the second baby's condition," Niekisch said. Zoo staff are unable as yet to determine the sex of the babies.

Dian gave birth on Tuesday without apparent difficulty in the first such birth in a German zoo for almost 50 years. The last took place in 1967, also in Frankfurt.

N'Gayla, a 20-year-old gorilla, gave birth in Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem in the Netherlands in June 2013. In August last year, the zoo reported that N'Kato and N'Hasa were doing well at the age of more than a year.

The zoo claimed that N'Gayla was the first gorilla in Europe to raise twins without outside human assistance.

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