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Riverbanks Zoo mourns loss of first gorilla infant

(Source: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Facebook page)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) -- The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden announced the loss of their first infant gorilla this afternoon.

Macy, an 11-year-old western lowland gorilla, gave birth this morning. The infant was born in the breech position.

John Davis, curator of mammals at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, said about the loss, “Macy was a wonderful mother throughout her pregnancy and did everything exactly as she should. Everything was progressing as expected; however, with any pregnancy there can be unforeseen complications.”

Macy is one of three female western lowland gorillas. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) there is an 80-percent survival rate of infants born to first-time gorilla mothers.

The zoo is giving Macy time with her infant following the death.

“We are not going to intervene in the process,” said Davis. “Macy appears to be doing well right now. We will continue to monitor her behavior to determine our next steps and when we re-open Base Camp viewing.”

The zoo remains hopeful there will be another gorilla pregnancy in the near future.

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