Pittsburgh Zoo Celebrates Baby Gorilla Frankie’s First Birthday!
The Pittsburgh Zoo hosted a one year birthday bash this weekend for Frankie, a Western lowland baby gorilla.
Last May, twenty-two-year-old Moka gave birth to her second son, Frankie, while on exhibit. Since many guests had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness Frankie’s birth, the zoo wanted to share his first birthday with visitors. Zoo officials hosted a birthday party where guests were able to attend!
The celebration took take place in the gorilla exhibit yard with plenty of streamers and wrapped birthday presents stuffed with Frankie’s favorite goodies, including peanuts and vegetables.
We will celebrate Frankie’s first year and the milestones he’s reached including learning to ride on his mom’s back, moving about on his own, tumbling in the grass, and mingling with the rest of the gorilla troop.
Frankie loves to be close to his friend Harry, an adult male gorilla. The pair can often be seen sitting side-by-side in the yard.
While Frankie also loves his older brother Ivan, the affection was not reciprocated at first. Ivan was initially not pleased to have another baby gorilla in the family. Fortunately, now that Frankie is more mobile, Ivan is showing more interest in his younger brother and the two like to play and roll around in the grass under the watchful eye of Moka.
Western lowland gorillas are listed as critically endangered, according to zoo officials. Frankie is an ambassador for his species in the wild. Stop by the Pittsburgh Zoo and watch Frankie play and grow all Summer!
For more information including a full list of events, visit the official Pittsburgh Zoo website by clicking here.
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