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Oklahoma Zoo Welcomes Newborn Gorilla on Valentine's Day
On the day of love, Cupid and the stork deliver a new bundle of joy.
The Oklahoma City Zoo announced Friday the heir of beloved Western lowland gorilla, Bom Bom, who died in July 2012 from cardiac arrest, was born in the early hours of February 14th.
After a nine-month pregnancy, the mother, Kelele, a 19-year-old Western lowland gorilla who has been with the troop since 2000, gave birth to her first baby, whose sex and name have not been determined.
“This is a significant birth for the population of zoo-environment gorillas,” said Laura Bottaro, Zoo curator. “The baby looks strong and has begun to nurse, which is a sign of good health.”
While living at the Zoo, Bom Bom also sired a son, George, in 2004, with mom Kathy, who still lives at the Zoo. “It is heartening to know that the new infant has an older half-sibling here at the Zoo, and that Bom Bom’s memory and legacy will continue for years to come,” Bottaro said.
Guests may be able to see the Zoo’s newest family members but public visibility will vary as all introductions are determined by the comfort levels of the animals.
Posted: Friday, February 15 2013, 05:36 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. reopens emergency operations command center
May 23, 2013 17:37 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management has reopened its emergency operations center as strong storms moved through central Oklahoma just days after a deadly tornado.
Department spokeswoman Keli Cain said Thursday that the center is open. The department had previously announced that the command center would be shut down at Wednesday at midnight.
Storms with heavy rain and hail began falling in the area early Thursday morning and prompted flash flood warnings in central Oklahoma.
The storms come after a massive tornado struck Moore on Monday and left 24 people dead and more than 300 injured.
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