Mother and Baby Gorilla Soak Up Sun at San Diego Zoo

A week-old baby gorilla held onto his mother as she sat in the grassy area of the gorilla habitat at the San Diego Zoo on Friday afternoon. The male baby, who has yet to be named, was born in the early morning on Dec. 26 to mother, Jessica, 34 years old, and father, Paul Donn, 25 years old. This is Jessica’s first offspring with Paul Donn, who has previously sired three offspring. Jessica, an experienced mother, has had five previous offspring, all of whom were male as well.

Guests visiting the Zoo can see Jessica carrying her infant, who weighs just a few pounds, and holding him closely to her chest. The experienced mother has been bringing her baby to a glass viewing area where guests can observe as she spends time sleeping and nursing the youngster.

Photo taken Jan. 2, 2015, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.