Endangered baby gorilla born at Chicago zoo dies

November 25, 2011 - 1:20 PM
Baby Gorilla

In this photo taken Nov. 18, 2011, provided by the Lincoln Park Zoo, Western Lowland Gorilla mother Bana hold her new her baby which was born on Nov. 16, 2011. The baby which has yet to be named joins a troop of seven Western Lowland Gorillas at the zoo. The newborn girl is the first of this critically endangered species to be born at the zoo since 2005. (AP Photo/ Lincoln Park Zoo, Todd Rosenberg)

CHICAGO (AP) — The endangered baby gorilla born nine days ago at the Lincoln Park Zoo has died.

Zoo workers found the baby gorilla dead Friday morning. The baby was being carried around by her mother. Workers let the mother gorilla, 16-year-old Bana, keep the baby for several hours "in order to make peace with what happened."

The zoo says Bana is a first-time mother. The baby's father is Kwan, a 22-year-old silverback gorilla.

The baby was the first Western lowland gorilla born at the zoo since 2005. She had not been named.

In a statement, the zoo says the baby appeared to be fully developed and a cause of death isn't known yet. A necropsy is planned.